May 7, 2015 3:00 pm -


Our good friends, the Saudis, continue to behead lawbreakers.

According to AFP tallies, that figure compares with 87 for all of last year and adds to what Amnesty International has called a “macabre spike” in the kingdom’s executions of locals and foreigners.

Authorities carried out the death sentence against Hussein al-Omairi in the northwestern region of Tabuk, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

He was guilty of smuggling amphetamines, it said…

Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict version of Islamic sharia law.



D.B. Hirsch
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17 responses to Saudi Arabia Does 79th Beheading This Year

  1. Suzanne McFly May 7th, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    We really can’t claim we kill our prisoners in a more humane way, but at least you don’t get death for being a drug dealer here.

    • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 4:59 am

      I think the way we do lethal injection is more humane than parading a convict in front of a rabid, cheering crowd in a football stadium and chopping the malefactor’s head off. The Saudis are just plain barbaric in their punishments.
      That said, I am opposed to the death penalty and none of what I said justifies any of it.

      • allison1050 May 8th, 2015 at 5:56 am

        I would venture to say that mixing chemicals improperly is just as barbaric. Using a nurse or anyone NOT a doctor to insert an IV into the groin improperly and against code is just as barbaric.

        • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 7:04 am

          I agree the case you refer to was awful, but was an accident and not a government policy to improperly mix the chemicals, nor were they administered publicly in a stadium before chanting, cheering crowds whipped into a frenzy by cheerleaders. That’s the way their policy is carried out.
          Also, while I have not read how it goes with the Saudis, I have read that centuries ago when Europeans executed prisoners by beheading them with a sword, it was common for the first blow to not chop the head all the way off, for various reasons. So the executioner would stand there hacking away.

          • allison1050 May 8th, 2015 at 5:17 pm

            The nurse or whom ever did that to the prisoner should have had their license pulled by the Board since they’re Unqualified to do that sort of procedure. That was no accident by any means and I’m certain we’ll never know who chose the chemicals and mixed them.

          • burqa May 9th, 2015 at 4:28 pm

            Excellent point. There should be some sort of body like the AMA who can yank certification. This brings to mind the whole prisoner interrogation issue, where the American Psychological Association once threatened to pull the certification of any psychologist involved in torture or abuse of prisoners.
            We do not need that sort of cruelty in our justice system. It is unjust and so terribly wrong that we should never entertain the notion that such cruelty might be a good thing.

            Still digging your avatar by the way. I really like it.

          • allison1050 May 9th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

            That would be the State Board of Nursing.

          • burqa May 9th, 2015 at 9:06 pm

            Nice pull, yeah.
            And in the first post above this one you hit the nail right on the head and countersank that bad boy with one swing of the hammer when you said her certification should be pulled because she’s proven herself unqualified, and isn’t that what the certification does – says she’s qualified?

            I haven’t studied the subject so my opinion is flexible, but the impression I have is that medical boards like that are frequently loathe to take action against their members.
            It may be because they don’t want stats that show how many incompetents got through because it makes the board look bad.

          • allison1050 May 9th, 2015 at 9:27 pm

            Not the Board of Nursing, they love pulling a person’s license whenever someone does anything outside of the stated guidelines. They also don’t mind suspending anyone as needed.

          • burqa May 9th, 2015 at 10:28 pm

            Thanks for the info. I sure don’t want to get them mixed up with another such body. I hope they go after the nurse responsible to where he or she has to change careers.
            I had gotten my hopes up with that psychological association announcement that turned into a flat tire….

          • allison1050 May 10th, 2015 at 8:46 am

            I couldn’t believe my lying eyes last month when I saw her pushing her med cart then stop and look and then continue on down the hall. Bitch must have forgotten the camera in the hall. Believe me when I say that the Board in any state would be happy to see that and then pull her licsense…she would be able to work in any other state.

      • Suzanne McFly May 8th, 2015 at 7:31 am

        The lethal injection doesn’t even work, the prisoner lies on their death bed for hours writhing in pain because the pharmaceutical companies refuse to sell the drugs to the states to use in lethal doses. Now they are simply experimenting on what drug to use to kill the person. I support the death penalty for certain cases, but I don’t support it if there is any question that this is the right person.

        • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 7:58 am

          I have read of a case or two where it went like that, but it has not been the intention, the official policy, the way it is in Saudi Arabia.
          One reason drug companies have refused to sell certain drugs was because they did not want it known they were doing so.
          It seems to me a massive heroin overdose using contraband would be an option. For the cost-conscious, injecting a big ole air bubble will cause the heart to stop.

          I oppose the death penalty in all cases because of the chance of human error which is well illustrated by the Innocence Project website that shows many cases that took 15, 20 or 30 years before they discovered someone on death row or otherwise convicted of a capital crime was innocent.
          This is not to say I don’t believe some crimes merit the death penalty. I think some do. But we can be so certain and think a case is an open-and-shut slam dunk only to find out 20 years later that the accused was innocent after all.

    • whatthe46 May 9th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      but, you do get the death penalty for jay walking.

  2. tracey marie May 7th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    we have 13 executions so far this year, texas alone has 6 planned and who knows how many the other states have.

    • whatthe46 May 9th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      we have as of 05/07/15, 409 people killed by the police this year.

      • tracey marie May 10th, 2015 at 6:25 am

        terrible number