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Saudi executes two murderers

RIYADH, March 17, (AFP): Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed two convicted murderers, including a Yemeni, bringing to 75 the number of death sentences carried out by the kingdom this year. Marwan Abdo Mohammed was found guilty of beating a fellow Yemeni to death with a metal rod, the interior ministry said.

In a separate case, Saudi national Ahmed al-Zahri Aseeri was executed for stabbing to death a compatriot following a dispute, the ministry said. Both sentences were carried out in the southwestern region of Asir which borders Yemen. Most people executed in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword.

The executions so far this year include 47 for “terrorism” carried out in a single day on January 2. In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people, most of them for drug trafficking or murder, according to an AFP count.

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