SAUDI ARABIA. TWO SOLDIERS PUBLICLY EXECUTED FOR RAPE
April 18, 2008: authorities in Riyadh executed Abdul Rahman ibn Saeed Al-Zahrani and Abdul Rahman ibn Qassim Al-Feefi, two soldiers convicted of raping a 20 year old expatriate woman, the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry said.
The soldiers, who worked for the Ministry of Defence and Aviation, stopped the victim who was riding in a car driven by her father. The soldiers showed the couple their military IDs, and told the man to disembark saying he was wanted for security reasons, the Saudi Press Agency said quoting a ministry statement. The statement said one of the soldiers then drove the woman to a desert area and raped her, while the other remained with the father.
A general court in Riyadh sentenced the two soldiers to death, and the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Judiciary Council endorsed the verdict. The execution was carried out in Riyadh in the presence of a large number of witnesses. (Sources: Arab News, 20/04/2008)