Saudi Arabia Arrests Man Who Filmed Woman’s Public Beheading

Video of a woman being beheaded in the street by Saudi Arabian officials has gotten someone arrested: the person who took the video.

Layla bint Abdul Mutaleb Bassim was publicly executed in Mecca last week after a Saudi court had convicted her of murdering and sexually assaulting her stepdaughter. She screamed her innocence until the moment “professional swordsman” killed her.

A human rights activist snagged video of the incident and posted it online, attempting to draw attention to the country’s judicial system. Per Saudi news outlets he was arrested and faces possible charges under a law punishing cybercrimes.

Saudi Arabia, an American ally, has increased its execution rate recently, some say to show its mettle in the midst of regional turmoil. The al Saud family objects that the beheadings are no less humane than American executions, and that unlike ISIS, the Sunni extremist group that has made a vice of beheadings, they only execute those who have been convicted of crimes. Human rights activists respond that the judicial system that precedes the executions is “grossly unfair.”

Bassim was Saudi Arabia’s tenth execution of the still-young year. The country has also faced scrutiny in the past couple weeks for publicly flogging a blogger.

[h/t New York Times]

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