America’s number one ally, and the country that Western “exceptional” leaders gush for with praise and delight, has a new King…and much like the old King, he too loves to behead folks.
If anyone is counting…in 2015, Saudi Arabia has already beheaded 16 people, while 87 were decapitated in 2014. Eat your heart out ISIS.
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) January 26, 2015
Sputnik News Agency reports:
Mousa bin Saeed Ali al-Zahrani, a teacher convicted of kidnapping and raping several underage girls was publicly beheaded in the Saudi city of Jiddah.
“Mousa bin Saeed Ali al-Zahrani lured several underage girls and kidnapped them. He also threatened them and their relatives and physically assaulted them in his home. He raped them, detained them, forced them to drink alcohol, and forced some to watch pornographic material,” Middle East Eye reported citing the Saudi Press Agency.
The online news agency emphasizes that al-Zahrani pleaded not guilty and insisted he was convicted in a “sham trial.” His relatives appealed to then King Abdullah, asking him to drop death penalty against Mousa bin Saeed Ali al-Zahrani. In response to their plea, Saudi authorities promised to re-investigate the case carefully. However, on January 23, when the king died, the family of al-Zahrani was notified that in accordance with the new order the teacher would be beheaded on Monday, January 26.
The media outlet noted that in April 2014, al-Zahrani uploaded a video onto YouTube, claiming he was innocent, and asking authorities to reconsider the severe verdict.
“I plead my innocence and swear to God that neither my religion nor my education, knowledge, age, fatherhood or upbringing allow me to even think of committing such an act, which can only come from ribald and mentally ill people,” said the teacher and father of six.
“I strongly deny all that I am accused of. It is all unjust fabrication of the truth. The accusations I am being subjected to are not acceptable in our religion. They are malicious and have been magnified and manipulated,” he added as cited by Middle East Eye.
Reportedly, the man was arrested by a relative of one of the alleged victims, who could have been acting out of blind prejudice.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
Twitter users were not too surprised at the new Saudi King’s continuation of a policy that is so brutal and barbaric, even the UK flew its flag half mast last week in envy (and mourning for King Abdullah’s death).
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) January 26, 2015
— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) January 26, 2015
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) January 26, 2015
Saudi public beheadings of three. Crowd shouts mashallah and giggles. These sick perverts are allies against ISIS? http://t.co/l3efH67nuj
— Abhijit Iyer-Mitra (@Abhijit_Iyer) January 26, 2015