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‘This is An Injustice’: More Details Emerge About Saudi Execution of Woman in Mecca
The leaked video of a Burmese woman being publicly beheaded in the holy city of Mecca has caused a stir on the internet.
However, the Saudi government is standing behind their actions.
“Investigations led to her trial which proved she was guilty,” the interior ministry said, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The LiveLeak video, which quickly disappeared from the internet, showed Layla bint Abdul Mutaleb Bassim dragged in the streets before being put to death.
“I did not kill. There is no God but God. I did not kill,” the woman is heard crying in the video, according to the Business Standard. ”Haram. Haram. Haram. Haram. I did not kill … I do not forgive you … This is an injustice,” she then screamed.
The woman then gets out, “I did not,” before the curved sword takes her life.
Human rights activist Mohammed al-Saeedi, also said that the execution was particularly brutal because she was not given painkillers before her death.
Speaking of Saudi execution methods, he said, “One way is to inject the prisoner with painkillers to numb the pain and the other is without the painkiller.”
In the case of Bassim, he added, “This woman was beheaded without painkillers. They wanted to make the pain more powerful for her.”
A statement by the Saudi Interior Minister also made it clear they wanted to make an example of the woman.
The beheading, the ministry said, “implements the rulings of God against all those who attack innocents and spill their blood. The government warns all those who are seduced into committing a similar crimes that the rightful punishment is their fate.”
Bassim’s execution is the 7th in just the first two weeks of 2015. While Basim’s execution has been removed from You-Tube, other videos purporting to show public executions in Saudi Arabia have emerged despite the danger.
A person caught filming Bassim’s execution has been arrested on unknown charges.
Photo Credit: Screenshot/LiveLeak
Note: Burma is officially known as Myanmar. While the woman has been identified as Burmese, the Myanmar embassy has not confirmed if she was in fact a citizen of Myanmar.