An heir to the throne was executed recently in Saudi Arabia for murder. I’m not for execution, but it is interesting to me that this crime was not just swept under the rug. The New York Times reported that, “Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabeer was put to death in the capital, Riyadh, according to a report by the Saudi state news service. While the report did not detail the method used, most death penalties in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading in a public square.”

This Prince was not the first member of the royal family executed. The last time it occurred however was in the 1970s. A princess was shot in front of the man she had committed adultery with and then he was beheaded. It is not relayed in this article how this more recent execution took place, however as aforementioned he was probably beheaded in a public square. He was found guilty for murder in a group fight in which he shot a man to death.

The interesting aspect of this occurrence to me was that even he was not out of reach of the law.

“Another member of the royal family, Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud, said by telephone from Riyadh that Prince Turki was from one of the most prominent branches of the royal family after that of the direct descendants of King Abdulaziz, who founded the modern Saudi state in 1932.

That genealogy earned Prince Turki no extra credit with the courts or with the king, Prince Faisal said.

‘The king has always said that there is no difference in the law between princes and others, and I think that this is clear manifestation of the reality of that fact,’ he said.”

We sometimes associate all other parts of the world with corruption and lawlessness, especially on the upper tiers of society. This proves otherwise.

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