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Two Egyptians beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Dec. 22, 2011 at 1:42 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Two Egyptian nationals convicted of murdering a truck driver in Saudi Arabia were beheaded in Riyadh, government officials said.

Wael el-Sayyid Farid al-Sayyid and Riziq Eid Ali Ragab were executed Wednesday for killing Filipino Alister Morong and stealing his truck, Bikyamasr.com reported.

The two Egyptians confessed to the crime, a statement from the Interior Ministry said.

"The sentence was endorsed by the Cassation Court and the Supreme Court; and a royal order was issued to execute the sentence," the statement said.

"The Ministry of Interior affirms that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz al-Saud is keen on the preservation of security, the establishment of justice and the implementation of the orders of Allah against anyone who attacks the secured people, sheds their blood, and robs their money; it warns anyone who tries to commit such actions of punishment according to the religion," the statement added.

So far this year, more than 75 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia. Human rights groups have called on the country to end the use of the death penalty.

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