The Saudi Arabian government executed Prince Turki bin Saud bin Al-Kabeer, a member of the royal family. The prince was put to death for murder, having shot a man during a brawl. The Saudi Interior Ministry released a statement about the execution. The method of execution was not disclosed, though the usual Saudi method is beheading.
Execution of the prince was meant to serve notice to the Saudi people that the kingdom’s goal is to “preserve security and achieve justice,” according to the Interior Ministry. The last time the Saudis executed a royal was in 1975 when Prince Faisal bin Musaid was beheaded for assassinating King Faisal. Non royal executions are far more common in the Saudi kingdom. Earlier this year Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on domestic terrorism charges.