Saudis Behead Three Gay Men
Newscenter in London, January 2, 2002
By Jon ben Asher
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia—The Saudi government has
executed three gay men convicted in a religious court of sodomy.
The three men were executed by beheading, the traditional method of
execution in the Arab kingdom.
Arab news, the English language newspaper in the capital said the
executions took place New Year’s Day in the southwestern city of Abha.
Quoting a statement by the Interior Ministry, the paper reported the three
had been convicted of sodomy. The statement said Ali ibn Hatan ibn Saad,
Mohammad ibn Suleiman ibn Mohammad and Mohammad ibn Khalil ibn Abdullah were
found guilty of " engaging in the extreme obscenity and ugly acts of
homosexuality, marrying among themselves and molesting the young."
A Shariah court sentenced them to death and the judgment was confirmed by
the high court and the Supreme Judiciary Council.
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