Saudi gunpoint rapist beheaded

Saudi Arabia beheaded a convicted rapist on Tuesday, bringing to 36 the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year.

Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed Al Bishi, a Saudi national, assaulted his victim at gunpoint, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

"He also committed a number of armed robberies causing panic amongst the society. He had entered a number of homes by force and tried to kidnap and rape women and children," the statement said.

It added that Bishi was sentenced to death 'as punishment and to serve as a deterrent to others.'

Authorities carried out the sentence in the southwestern region of Asir.

 

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