The Saudi Prince Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir beheaded for murder in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. The court found him guilty of killing his friend. It is the first time in the four decades of Saudi Arabia that the member of a royal family is executed.
Story Of Saudi Prince Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir
According to the reports, the story of young Saudi Prince Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir dates back to 2012. When he was in the “Thumama” place along with his two friends. On reaching, he saw two groups, who were engaged in the fight. On seeing this, the prince and his two friends left the cars. Meanwhile Prince pulled out his own weapon and started firing. But unfortunately his bullet targeted his friend Adil, who lost his life on the spot and the third friend faced injuries.
Saudi Prince Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir Beheaded For Murder
The previous case of execution in the Saudi Arabia was about Faisal Bin Musaid Al Saud, who assassinated his uncle, King Faisal in 1975.
The current murder case was moved to the court. The family of prince tried to settle the dispute through blood money. Adil’s father stood his ground and fought for his son to behead Prince.
A New York Times article about that event said that some 10,000 people “watched silently as the executioner swung a sword with a golden hilt, but then thousands broke into chants of ‘God is great!’ and ‘Justice is done!’”. This is how Saudi Prince Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir beheaded for murder.
A ministry statement carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency warned. “Whoever dares to commit such a crime that the Shariah penalty is awaiting.” The ministry further added, “The Government is keen to keep order, stabilise security and bring about justice through implementing the rules prescribed by Allah,”
“The greatest thing is that the citizen sees the law applied to everyone, and that there are not big people and other small people,” Abdul-Rahman al-Lahim, a prominent Saudi lawyer, wrote on Twitter.
According to The Daily Beast, Saudi expert Robert Lacey said that, “Saud Al-Kabeer was married to Abdul Aziz’s favorite sister, Nura, considered a closer confidante to the king than anyone else in the family. The massive women’s university that you pass today when entering Riyadh from the airport is named in her honor. Saud Al-Kabeer became a prominent figure in the majlis of inner advisers surrounding Abdul Aziz (who reigned until 1953). Saud was known for his speaking his mind, even in direct disagreement with the king, and was the more respected for it.”
“While no member of the royal family has been put to death since 1975, it is certainly not unusual for King Salman to discipline errant members of his family firmly. As governor of Riyadh for many years—Salman is really the architect of modern Riyadh—he had a prison in his palace to which he regularly consigned princes who misbehaved. As king, he has evidently used this latest episode to convey the message that no one in Saudi Arabia should consider themselves above the law.”
Conclusion: Justice for all
The execution of Saudi Prince Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir resulted in the debates on social media sites. Many commentators from the country came forward on Twitter, some were in support of Prince and others were in the support of the decision to treat him just like any other common Saudi citizen.
The trend has started on Twitter with the hashtag “Decisive Salman orders retribution for the prince” in the support of the monarchy of the country. On the other hand, Mohammed Khalid Alyahya, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council says that the young prince’s execution is nothing really significant in Saudi because they are held to the same legal standards as others in the country.
According to Newsweek.com, Mohammed Khalid Alyahya said, “It’s really made the rounds in U.S. and Western media because there is this perception that princes are above the law in Saudi Arabia. It’s very clear, if a family [of the victim] agrees to give him clemency then he is exempt from the execution, if they don’t then it goes through. There is no way around it.”
The Saudi Arabia Researcher at Amnesty International, May Romanos also shared his thoughts on the execution of Prince. He said, “The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and should not be applied in any circumstances. Whether the accused is a prince, an ordinary Saudi Arabian citizen or a migrant worker makes no difference whatsoever—no one should be sentenced to death or executed.”
The royal elite in Saudia has one of the most youthful societies, where more than 50% of the country’s population is now aged under 25. Whereas Saud and his family holds a great wealth with thousand of members, who enjoys a luxurious life.
Now we can say that Saudi Arabia is among the world’s top executioners. It has strict rules for everything, which includes murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy. For all, the ultimate punishment is the death.