A Saudi Arabian man who has spent 30 years on death row and was described by prison management as the "ideal inmate" was beheaded on Tuesday.
Abdullah bin Fandi al-Shammari was 23-years-old when he beat to death fellow Saudi Mohammed al-Rashidi during a fight. Amnesty International reported Shammari was found guilty of manslaughter in 1988 and ordered to pay diya (blood money) to the relatives of his victim.
According to Death Penalty News Shammari was released from prison and staged a large wedding. However the relatives of al-Rashidi objected and demanded a retrial. Shammari was found guilty of murder in 1992 and sentenced to death.
In spite of intervention by the then Crown Prince, Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the victim's relatives could not be persuaded to accept diya, insisting the death sentence was carried out.
During the three decades Shammari was on death row he earned the accolade of "ideal inmate." Not only did he memorise the Quran but also persuaded other inmates to do likewise. His exemplary conduct, which included giving up smoking, is said to have contributed to improved behaviour in hundreds of other inmates.
Rashidi's sons demanded Shammari be beheaded Naharnet reported, as they refused to extend clemency or accept diya. His beheading brings the number of executions in Saudi to 10 for this year.