Three Saudi Men Beheaded for Sodomy
Associated Press, January 1, 2001
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Three Saudi men were beheaded
Tuesday for committing acts of sodomy and "seducing young men," the
Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Ali bin Hatan bin Saad, Muhammad bin Suleiman bin
Muhammad and Muhammad bin Khalil bin Abdullah were executed in the
southwestern mountain resort city of Abha in Asir province, according to the
statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The three men "committed acts of sodomy, married
each other, seduced young men and attacked those who rebuked them,"
the statement said.
The executions were the first this year in Saudi Arabia, where beheadings
are public and done with a sword. Last year, at least 81 people were beheaded.
Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam and also imposes the
death penalty for murder, rape, drug trafficking and armed robbery.
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