Saudi Arabia to consider dropping public beheadings

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A SAUDI Arabian government committee is looking into formally dropping public beheadings as a method of execution in the oil-rich kingdom.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where a death sentence results in beheading in a public square.

The authoritative daily Al-Watan yesterday said that the ministerial committee is considering firing squads as an alternative.

There have been calls in the kingdom for replacing public beheadings with lethal injections carried out in prisons. The kingdom executes anyone convicted of murder, armed robbery, rape and drugs trafficking.