Sunday, May 19, 2002

Saudi Arabia 21, Texas 12

Saudi man beheaded for raping a man

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A man was beheaded Saturday for raping a man, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Hamad bin Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al Fadl was convicted of getting drunk, kidnapping a man and raping him, the statement said. He was beheaded in the northeastern province of Al Qatif.

The beheading raised to 21 the number of people executed this year in the kingdom.

Executions are performed in public with a sword.