[Saudi Police stay guard outside the execution ground in Riyadh. (File Photo)]
Riyadh: In yet another glaring example of Islamic justice system, a Saudi prince and one of the members of the powerful royal family was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday for murdering a compatriot, according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior, carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
Prince Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir was found guilty of shooting to death Adel Bin Suleiman Mohaimeed following a group fight in al-Thumama region on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Gazette reported this morning.
The execution orders have been carried out in Riyadh city.
“After investigations, the authorities charged him of committing the crime and his indictment was sent to the General Court. He was charged with what was attributed to him and sentenced to death,” the statement said.
The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court both agreed on the death penalty. A Royal Decree was issued for the implementation of the court’s order.
The victim’s family refused offers of ‘blood money’ and demanded justice be carried out.
Kabir was the 134th local or foreigner put to death this year, according to an AFP tally of ministry statements.
The Arab News reported in November 2014 that a court in Riyadh sentenced an unnamed prince to death for killing his friend.
He lost his life and another person was injured in an exchange of gunfire following a dispute at a camp on the edge of Riyadh in December 2012, the newspaper said.
Desert camps are popular gathering places for Saudis.
When the killer realised that his victim was a friend and colleague, he informed the police, the Arab News said.
The sentence reflected the kingdom's "fair justice system," Arab News quoted the victim's uncle Abdul Rahman al-Falaj as saying.
The ministry confirmed to everybody that the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is keen on enforcement of security and justice by implementing the rules prescribed by Allah Almighty on whoever violates the sanctity of civilians and commits bloodshed.
It also warned that legitimate punishment would be the fate of whoever dares to commit such a crime, the statement added.
Also on Tuesday, Saad Bin Ahmad Al-Shamrani, another Saudi citizen, was executed in Qatif region in the Eastern Province, the ministry said in a separate statement.
Al-Shamrani was found guilty of abducting a young woman and raping her.