A Sudanese man was the twentieth person this year to be executed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Friday. The public execution took place in Riyadh after Friday prayers.
According to the Saudi Gazette the Ministry of the Interior announced Abdulrahman Zine Elabidine was beheaded and crucified after being convicted of rape and murder. The executed man had also stolen $44,000 and gold jewelery from his victim before strangling her as she slept. He then committed arson by setting the victim's house on fire.
In March, Digital Journal reported that another murderer was also executed by beheading and crucifixion, noting that the executed are first beheaded before their head is reattached and crucifixion takes place.
Death Penalty News reported that this is the twentieth execution this year in the Kingdom, showing a noticeable reduction thus far in last year's total tally of 79 executions.