Capital punishment

RIYADH: A Saudi man was beheaded by the sword on Monday after being sentenced to death for shooting a relative during a dispute. Eid bin Mifrih al-Zahrani was executed in Al-Laith near Mecca for killing his cousin. No details about the date of the crime or the trial were given. It was the 56th execution in Saudi Arabia this year. Last year, Saudi Arabia put 102 people to death. Capital punishment can be imposed for crimes of rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking under the country’s strict Islamic sharia law. — AFP