Saudi Arabia's death penalty applies to anyone guilty of rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking. Since 70 were beheaded in 2012 we have to assume there were a lot of apostates that year.
Beheading by sword. You read it right, no guillotine, no drugs first, not even a basket to catch the head. The Saudis do it in a fierce, ancient, personal way, with a big 'ole Scimitar.
But since the kingdom is running out of trained Scimitar swordsmen a more advanced way to dispose of capital offenders is being considered - a firing squad! Well, they catch up to the 18th century with that move..
"This solution seems practical, especially in light of shortages in official swordsmen or their belated arrival to execution yards...' say officials in charge of beheadings. You are next to lose your head and the stinking swordsman is late.
California should send some observers to Saudi Arabia. CA jails are full of apostates.
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