Saudi Prince execution: Equal justice for all

Saudi citizens reacted on social media and said prince’s execution was seen as sign of equality

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Many Saudi personalities have reached out to mainstream media and through social media to comment on Saudi Prince Turki al-Kabir’s execution, with some applauding Saudi Arabia for carrying out justice and due process of the law regardless of status and lineage.

A statement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior confirmed on Tuesday that it had carried out the execution orders on Prince Turki after he was found guilty of murdering Saudi citizen Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdulkareem Al-Muhaimeed during a mass brawl in al-Thumama region on the outskirts of Riyadh.

Many Saudis commented to how the ministry’s official statement issued after the execution mentioned that authorities carried out justice on “Saudi citizen Turki al-Kabir’s” without referring that he was a Prince.

“The most important thing for a citizen is to feel he is being treated on equal footing to those of royalty. No one is bigger or smaller than the other,” Saudi writer and lawyer Abdulrahman al-Lahim tweeted.

The twitter hashtag “Decisive Salman orders retribution for the prince” quickly went viral after news of the execution was announced.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud, a member of the royal family, told the New York Times: “The king has always said that there is no difference in law between princes and others, and I think that this is clear manifestation of the reality of that fact.”

One of Prince Turki’s closest relatives also reacted on Twitter saying that “his execution is tantamount to atonement for the crime he committed.”

Twitter users also circulated a video in which the Saudi King is heard saying that anyone can file a lawsuit against him or against the crown prince or any member of the royal family.

The country’s General Court sentenced him to death three years ago, a ruling which was then supported by the Supreme Court, before a royal decree ordered the sentence be carried out.

In Sharia law, the family of the accused can offer the victim’s family blood money in exchange to stay and annul an execution.

Based on both Saudi and Sharia law, the justice system regarding a murder case was followed through.

On Tuesday, the prince was executed at al-Safa Mosque’s main square. The mosque’s Imam and Preacher Mohammed al-Masloukhi said Mohaimeed’s family was offered hundreds of millions in blood money but refused.

“While in the execution square, they put hundreds of millions in the hands of Adel Mohaimeed’s father but he refused the money and demanded implementing the rule of God’s law,” Masloukhi said.

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