A Saudi prince has been sentenced to death in the Kingdom for killing a local man. For once, royalty in the Kingdom is not beyond the reach of the law, as has often been the case in the past.
Neither the identity of the prince nor the person he killed is being revealed; however, it is believed the royal offered the victim's family blood money in return for not insisting on the death penalty, however, they refused.
The victim’s father said he was not ready to pardon his son’s murderer and the amount of blood money offered was not enough to compensate the loss of a son.
Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, has approved the execution.
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"There is no difference between big and small, rich and poor ... Nobody is allowed to interfere with the judiciary's decision. This is the tradition of this state. We are committed to following the sharia," he said.
Under the Islamic law, murder is punishable by death; however, a victim’s family may forgive the murderer by accepting ‘blood money.’ In case the victim’s family refuses to accept the blood money, as in this case, and go ahead with the execution, the law supports their right to do so.
There is a possibility that further efforts to save the prince may result in a more blood money for the victim’s family, which may find it harder to refuse on this occasion.
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Even if that is the case, the stance of the Kingdom is welcoming as Royals are usually let off the hook
Just earlier this year, a Saudi prince Khalid bin Sa’ad bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud was accused of kidnapping, raping, murdering and then dumping a girl’s body
The whole episode of the girl’s body being exposed was witnessed and caught on camera, yet nothing came of it.
In a country where murderers are regularly charged with capital punishment, thieves have their hands cut off and adulterers are lashed and stoned to death in public, high profile crimes are brushed under the rug.
Until now that is.