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Two Saudis beheaded for murder of parent

world Updated: Mar 03, 2009 16:24 IST

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Two Saudi men have been beheaded after each being sentenced to death for killing a parent, the interior ministry said.

Ahmad al-Khaybari was put to death on Monday in the Muslim holy city of Medina for shooting dead his father in a dispute, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

The announcement did not say when the murder was committed.

In a separate statement, the ministry said that a Saudi man was beheaded in the southwestern city of Najran on Tuesday after being convicted of shooting dead his mother and an Indonesian maid while under the influence of hashish.

The statement said that Mohammad al-Yami believed the two women had put a spell on him and that he stripped both of their bodies after killing them in search of the magic he suspected they were concealing.

The beheadings brought to 14 the number of executions announced by the Saudi authorities since the beginning of the year, according to an AFP tally.

A total of 102 people were executed last year and a record 153 in 2007.

Under Saudi Arabia's strict sharia system of Islamic justice, the death penalty can be applied to crimes of rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking.