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Saudi man beheaded for murder

world Updated: Jun 18, 2009 18:52 IST
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Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said authorities have beheaded a man convicted of stabbing another to death.

According to a ministry statement on Wednesday, Ali Farza was beheaded in the southwestern province of Asir.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery can be executed, usually with a sword.

According to an Associated Press count, Wednesday's execution brought the number of beheadings in the kingdom this year to 38. Last year, 102 people were beheaded.