Saudi authorities on Monday executed an Ethiopian housemaid convicted of killing the child of her employer more than three years ago, the Interior Ministry said.
The ministry noted in a statement that the execution was carried out after the death sentence was endorsed by the king.
Meanwhile the convict had confessed having knifed to death the six-year-old girl in June 2013, allegedly in retaliation for her family’s ill-treatment.
Monday’s beheading brings to 119 the total number of executions so far this year in the conservative kingdom.
According to international rights groups, Saudi Arabia is among the top executioners in the world.
On Jan. 2, authorities beheaded 47 people, including a prominent Shiite cleric, on terrorism-related charges.
Report says Saudi Arabia has imposed death penalty for murder, armed robbery, banditry, rape, drug-trafficking and witchcraft.
The kingdom, which applies a strict interpretation of Islamic law, has repeatedly rejected calls to end the death penalty, saying the punishment deters would-be offenders.
The rate of crime in Saudi Arabia is often described as low by foreign ministries and other sources.
In many countries, there are established minimum and maximum sentences for different crimes or a penal code; in Saudi Arabia, that is virtually non-existent.
Only a handful of crimes, including murder, adultery and “consensual sexual relations between adults of the same sex,” carry specific punishments, and in each of those cases, it’s death, according to Death Penalty Worldwide. (dpa/NAN)