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Indian beheaded in Saudi Arabia

March 06, 2005 20:13 IST

An Indian man convicted of murdering his compatriot was beheaded on Sunday in the Hafar al-Batin town in Saudi Arabia, an interior ministry statement said.

Malaya Maroti Bajantra had killed Hakim Ahmed Pasha after striking him on the head with a rock and slashing his throat before robbing him, it said without mentioning from which state the convict hailed from.

Bajantra is the second Indian to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. A man from Kerala was beheaded last month on charges of smuggling drugs. The Indian embassy in Riyadh said the man was innocent.

The names of the expats on trial are first translated to Arabic from their passport and then translated back to English when such statements are issued. This, at times, results in total distortion of names making it difficult to identify the person.

This execution brings to 21 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia this year. In 2004, Saudi authorities executed 35 people, while 52 people received capital punishment in 2003.

Among those beheaded are mostly Asians as the Saudi government often sets free Western convicts because of political pressure.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of drug trafficking, murder, rape and armed robbery can be executed. Beheadings are carried out with a sword in public.



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Number of User Comments: 32




Sub: barbaric

I am not sure where Indian Govt's Backbone is. I would pull out of a country and advise my country folk to enter this kind ...


Posted by lgaur





Sub: why is r indian embassy acting like a shit pot

i have lived in gulf for quite some time and due to my work i had to visit labor office and immigration as well as ...


Posted by supreet





Sub: so much for human rights groups !! to work on

wonder where all these liberal SECUALAR human rights groups are saying about a trial which is actualy a sham and by the way most persons ...


Posted by sandeep





Sub: Its mostly Asians and Africans

Just to correct your news, the most number of convicts in Saudi jails are africans and the most no. of capital punishments are also to ...


Posted by Ehtesham Khan





Sub: Indian beheaded in KSA

Thsi shows how indian governement takes care of its NRI's. Goverenemnet only needs foriegn excahnge form them...thats it. SHAME.....this is why Indians are looked downup ...


Posted by chetan




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