Saudi Arabia Beheads Killer and Then Displays His Body in “Crucifixion”

Saudi Arabia flagSaudi Arabia has added to its macabre medieval tradition with what it called a “crucifixion” — the public display of a beheaded killed, Ahmed Al-Shamlani Al-Anzi. [Update: They did it again in 2013]

Al-Anzi was accused of killing an 11-year-old boy and his father. He reported strangled the boy with a rope at a grocery store and then axed the father to death when he came looking for him.

Saudi officials wanted the body crucified as a warning to others. Under the Saudi tradition, the head is sewn back on the body and then mounted on a pole or tree.

A Westerner was threaten with the punishment a few years ago while being tortured and forced to confess to a bombing conspiracy, here.

The Koran in Sura 5:33 says:

5:33 Those who wage war against God and His Messenger and strive to spread corruption in the land should be punished by death, crucifixion, the amputation of an alternate hand and foot or banishment from the land: a disgrace for them in this world, and then a terrible punishment in the Hereafter . . . . (MAS Abdel Haleem, The Qur’an, Oxford UP, 2004)

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15 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia Beheads Killer and Then Displays His Body in “Crucifixion””

  1. It is well known among world Muslims that Saudi Arabia has very little to do with Islam and it charges Muslims in an unIslamic way to visit their shrines. The US is a party to this and this is the reason US Presidents pay their respect to Saudis by visiting them and constantly asking and receiving money form them.

  2. نحن مواطني المملكة نرحب بهذا العمل
    by the will of God the Merciful
    فهو كفيل بوضع حد لاجرائم قتل الناس
    I call on all Muslims to avenge

    السعودية اقل الدول في الجريمة وهذا برهان على ا
    هذا التصرف يكفل ردع المجرمين.
    the making of Disneys movie Aladin

    انظر لامريكا كيف عدد جرائم القتل مرتفعة جدا بسبب عدم وجود رادع للمجرمين..
    We have not used flying carpets since the days of Scheherazade and need to banish this unholy company.


    God is great

  3. اهتماماتي,

    السعودية اقل الدول في الجريمة وهذا برهان على ان هذا التصرف يكفل ردع المجرمين.

    Could you elaborate on this thought?

  4. The first time I saw an execution by beheading, I was studying comparative law. A still photo, post stroke, before the head hit the ground.

    It does make an impression.

    A barbaric impression, but an impression nonetheless.

  5. اهتماماتي:

    I have no idea what you are saying but that is a great horse avatar.

  6. نحن مواطني المملكة نرحب بهذا العمل
    فهو كفيل بوضع حد لاجرائم قتل الناس

    السعودية اقل الدول في الجريمة وهذا برهان على ان هذا التصرف يكفل ردع المجرمين.

    انظر لامريكا كيف عدد جرائم القتل مرتفعة جدا بسبب عدم وجود رادع للمجرمين..



  7. sEAMUS:

    I have thought that myself, if we had public hangings there might be fewer death penalities and it may be some sort of deterence. I am in agreement with Buddha that the cost of excution vs. life in prison makes the death penalty obsolete as punishment.

    Lethal injection is definitely done for the executioner and society to make them feel better.

  8. I’m against the death penalty. But if we continue to do it we should have similar public displays. The whole lethal injection scenario is to make the executioners and proponents of the death penalty feel better; it has nothing to do with “humanely killing” the codemned.

    We need to rub our own noses in it. We need to have more blood on our hands.

  9. “Islam is the religion of Peace and Forgiveness….”

    No it isn’t, but then neither is “your” version of Christianity.

  10. “Police later discovered that Al-Anzi had been previously convicted of other crimes, including possession of pornographic videos and sodomy, the Interior Ministry said.”

    I wonder when the guy, not calling him a man held the boy for immoral purposes if they just don’t like pedantry? and they are sending a message out. I guess because all parties involved are dead, we will never know the truncated truth only what people assume.

    The read I took from the story “man sexually molested boy. Boys dad found out and came to exact his revenge. Man fearing for his life axed him and now to up hold the death penalty for sodomy and axes of murder because he was trying to hide the act of sodomy, the person must die.” The Koran justified this killing. Makes total sense to me.

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