Saudi Arabia executes prince accused of brawl death

Saudi Arabia has executed a member of the royal family for an alleged murder.

Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was sentenced to death after apparently shooting dead his fellow countryman Adel al-Mahemid during a brawl.

The method of execution remains unknown but the majority of those who are put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword.

The prince pleaded guilty to shooting his compatriot after an argument erupted at a desert camp on the edge of Riyadh three years ago.

When al-Kabir realised the victim was a colleague and friend he informed the police, according to Arab News.

The victim's family were offered financial compensation in return for not demanding the death sentence but they refused, Al-Arabiya reported.

"The government... is keen to keep order, stabilise security and bring about justice through implementing the rules prescribed by Allah", the Saudi interior ministry said in a statement.

The House of Saud rarely sees executions of its own thousands of members.

One of the most prominent cases was Faisal bin Musaid al Saud, who was sentenced to death for assassinating his uncle, King Faisal, in 1975.

Saudi Arabia's strict legal code means murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and apostasy can all receive the death sentence.

The kingdom executed at least 158 people last year, with only Iran and Pakistan carrying out more death sentences, according to Amnesty International.

China is not included in Amnesty figures, but is apparently the world leader executing thousands of people last year, according to CNN. 

Topics:  beheading editors picks execution saudia arabia

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Truck show rolls in Mullumbimby

KEEP ON TRUCKING. Mark Ward from Wards Transport Mullumbimby gearing up for the Mullum Show.

Shine those rigs ready for the Mullumbimby Truck Parade.

Running for Amanda

BRAVE FACE: Roberta O'Brien, whose Running Group was there to honour and remember Amanda Nash, at the Byron Lighthouse Run. Amanda's father Robert Reid puts a smile on his face and relaxes after the race.

Tenth annual Lighthouse Run attracted around 1200 participants

Brave boy uncovers man's cow sex, child sexual abuse

A beast in the main arena at the 2012 Ekka.

Police praise boy for testimony of man's abuse and sex with a cow

Local Partners

Shark victim: "I just want to enjoy being alive today'

THE Byron Bay surfer attacked by a shark says he is lucky to be alive after a shark threw him from his board while surfing at Broken Head.

Jethro Tull is back to Bluesfest

ICONIC: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull at Bluesfest 2011.

Jethro Tull returns to Bluesfest next April

Beth Hart will set the stage on fire

ON FIRE: Beth Hart, coming to Bluesfest 2017.

American singer/songwriter Beth Hart

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Federal grant keeps NORPA telling our local stories

ANNOUNCEMENT: NORPA's Producer Marisa Snow, Artistic Director Julian Louis, General Manager Patrick Healy, Chair David Wolff, with Member for Page Kevin Hogan.

Arts company granted almost $400,00 over two years

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track