In an exceptionally rare case of a member of the conservative kingdom’s ruling family being put to death, a prince from the Saudi royal family, Prince Turki Saud-al-Kabir was executed on Tuesday for killing a man during a fight in the capital Riyadh, the Interior Ministry announced.
The Interior Ministry stated that “in announcing this, we want to affirm to all that the Kingdom’s government is determined to establish security.
“It will bring about justice and implement God’s law against all those who attack the innocent.”
Meanwhile, local media reported that the killing for which the prince was executed took place in 2012.
The media indicated that Prince Turki’s death sentence was upheld by the Appeal Court and the High Court.
Another royal prince welcomed the news, in the first public reaction from a member of the ruling family.
Prince Khaled Al Saud said “this is God’s law, and the way of our blessed kingdom. May God have mercy on the killer and his victim.”
According to reports, the execution makes it 128 persons that have so far been executed in the country in 2016.
International rights group reports that Saudi Arabia, which applies strict interpretation of Islamic law, is among the top executioners in the world.
On Jan. 2, authorities beheaded 47 people, including a prominent Shiite cleric, on terrorism-related charges, leading to angry protests from regional rival Iran and condemnations from rights groups.
Saudi Arabia imposes the death penalty for offenses including murder, witchcraft, armed robbery, banditry, rape and drug-trafficking.