Last edited: January 01, 2005

Saudi Executes Three for Molesting Boys

Reuters, January 1, 2002

DUBAIóSaudi Arabia executed three men on Tuesday for engaging in homosexual acts and molesting boys, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

An Islamic court found Ali bin Hattan bin Saad, Mohammad bin Suleiman bin Mohammad and Mohammad bin Khalil bin Abdullah guilty of engaging "in the extreme obscenity and ugly acts...of homosexuality, marrying among themselves and molesting the young," in violation of Islamic teachings, it said.

They were put to death in the southwestern city of Abha.

At least 122 people were executed in 2001 in the kingdom, which implements Islamic law, putting to death murderers, rapists, homosexuals and drug smugglers, usually by public beheading.

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