Saudi Arabia Execution Horror Video Shows Innocent Woman Being Beheaded For Killing Six Year Old
Saudi Arabia execution: Horror video shows 'innocent' woman being BEHEADED for 'killing six-year-old'
A woman screamed her innocence right up until the last seconds before an executioner’s sword fell, beheading her for killing her husband’s six-year-old daughter.
But the sword-weilding executioner had to take two swings to hack-off Layla bint Abdul Mutaleb Bassim’s head in graphic footage later uploaded onto the Internet.
There were howls of protest over the woman’s execution in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca after she was found guilty of beating the girl and raping her with a broomstick.
But the outrage, mainly from men, wasn’t about her sentence of death, but because it was filmed and uploaded onto the web, where her family might see it.
Now the country’s religious police have arrested the person who filmed the execution and posted it online.
The film shows Bassim pleading for her life as she is dragged, in full black grab, to the execution spot still protesting her innocence.
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She screamed: "Haram. Haram. Haram. Haram. I did not kill. I do not forgive you. This is injustice.
“I did not kill. There is no God but God. I did not kill.”
The video shows the executioner, dressed in a white robe, forcing her to lie down on the ground.
She wailed her last words of “ I did not …as the executioner swung his curved sword into her neck. The first blow failed to sever Bassim’s head entirely and he had to swing again before she was decapitated.
It was only after her execution on Saturday a voice read out her crime.
It is a traditional execution for the kingdom, which carries out death sentences in public.
Many Twitter users protested the video being circulated on the internet because it could be seen by the woman’s family, but did not object to the beheading itself.
Bassim was one of 10 people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year, which executed 87 people last year, up from 78 in 2013.
The kingdom had the third-highest number of recorded executions in 2013, behind Iran and Iraq, according to Amnesty International.
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Bassim’s execution came after she was found guilty of the rape and murder of K althoum bint Abdul Rahman bin Ghulam Gadir, her husband’s daughter, according to official Saudi sourcces.
“Investigations led to her trial which proved she was guilty,’ the interior ministry was quoted as saying.
A United Nations special rapporteur has said trials leading to the death pen alty in Saudi Arabia are ‘grossly unfair’.
She was one of 10 executed so far this year. Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking all carrey the death pen alty in the oil-rich Gulf state,a close ally of Washington and a regular customer of both American and British arms companies.
Saudi authorities identified Bassim as holding Burmese nationality but did not specify if she was from its Rohingya Muslim community,classed by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
Buddhist-majority Burma views its population of 800,000 Rohingya as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and denies them citizenship.