A Sudanese man was beheaded and then crucified in Saudi Arabia after he was convicted of murdering a local woman before having sex with her.
He then stole SR165,000 (Dh162,000) and tried to kill the other family members.
During trial, the defendant confessed to murdering the Saudi housewife by strangling her while asleep. He then had sex with her, stole her money and jewelry and fled after opening the gas cylinder to kill the other family members.
The court sentenced him to death and crucifixion, prompting him to appeal. But the appeals court gave him the same sentence, which was upheld by the supreme court and endorsed by King Abdullah.
The defendant, identified as Abdul Rahman Zain Al Abidin, was executed in public in the capital Riyadh on Friday, Ajel newspaper said.
I’ll strip: girl warns police
A Yemeni girl imagining she is under a magic spell walked aimlessly on a busy Saudi street when a police patrol saw her. When two cops stepped out of their car, she warned them she would take her clothes off if they come closer.
The police men did not give up. Pretending that they just want to talk to her from a distance, another police man came from behind and grabbed her.
“She told them that she is running away from the jinn (ghosts)…she said she is under a magic spell and wanted to flee to her home country,” Sabq newspaper said in a report from the western Red Sea port of Laith.
“They took her to the police station and phoned her brother to come and take her.”
Saudi drops marriage after bride's shisha request
A Saudi man who asked to marry a local woman dropped the idea at once when the girl told him he must let her smoke shisha if she agrees to marry him.
The girl told the man who was visiting her father to arrange for marriage that she does not mind having him as a husband but he must accept only one condition.
“She said that he must let her smoke shisha any time because she is allowed to smoke it at home,” Aljazeera newspaper said in a report from Riyadh
“The man refused…the girl’s parents tried to sort the problem but both stuck to their positions…the man then left the house and dropped the marriage idea.”
Old man walks 10km in desert to save friend
An old Saudi man suffering from thirst struggled to walk nearly 10 km in the hot arid desert in the Gulf kingdom to save his unconscious friend after the two went out of their way and got lost, a newspaper said on Sunday.
The two old men were on a hunting trip in their four-wheel car when they got out of the way and wandered aimlessly in the desert in northwestern Saudi Arabia before their car was stuck in the sand.
One man suffering from diabetes and hypertension fell unconscious after they ran out of water while the other decided to go and get help.
“Despite his age and illness, the man walked nearly 10 km until he reached a village…there he called the civil defence,” Kabar newspaper said.
“Rescuers rushed to the place and managed to reach the unconscious man and save him by giving him medicine as well as water and juice.”