A woman who was found guilty of murder was beheaded by sword stroke on June 18 in Saudi Arabia.
The woman, an Indonesian, was named Roiati Beth Sabotti Sarona, according to the Straits Times of Singapore. She had been found guilty of killing a Saudi woman, Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid, according to the Straits Times, “by striking her repeatedly on the head with a meat chopper and stabbing her in the neck, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.”
Earlier in June, Amnesty International reported that there was a new surge in executions in recent weeks in the country. According to the organization, “At least 27 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia in 2011, the same as the total number of people executed in the whole of 2010. Fifteen people were executed in May alone.”
According to Amnesty International, most of those facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia are executed by beheading. In addition, the country allegedly executes a disproportionate number of foreign nationals, as in the case of Roiati Beth Sabotti Sarona. Moreover, the Saudi legal system in a fundamentally different way than that in the U.S. and in other Western nations.