Saudi Arabia executes Ethiopian maid for killing child

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Saudi authorities on Monday executed an Ethiopian housemaid convicted of killing the child of her employer more than three years ago, the Interior Ministry said.

The ministry noted in a statement that the execution was carried out after the death sentence was endorsed by the king.

Meanwhile, the convict had confessed having knifed to death the six-year-old girl in June 2013, allegedly in retaliation for her family’s ill-treatment.

Monday’s beheading brings to 119 the total number of executions so far this year in the conservative kingdom.

According to international rights groups, Saudi Arabia is among the top executioners in the world.

On Jan. 2, authorities beheaded 47 people, including a prominent Shiite cleric, on terrorism-related charges.

Saudi Arabia has imposed death penalty for murder, armed robbery, banditry, rape, drug-trafficking and witchcraft.

The kingdom, which applies a strict interpretation of Islamic law, has repeatedly rejected calls to end the death penalty, saying the punishment deters would-be offenders. (dpa/NAN)

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  • JasV

    It beats my imagination hands down why an Ethiopian will go to Saudi Arabia in the first place to work. If you go to Egypt, I can understand. If you go to Syria, I can understand. If you go to Lebanon, I can understand but Saudi Arabia No!! No!! No!!. Those of you left alive hope you learn your lesson. The Yoruba say that even when you are crying you still see. Ethiopians, no matter how poor you may be, you should still be able to see that your land produced Queen Beer Sheba for King Solomon by God’s design. Stop going to look for your blessings in the wilderness.