King Salman of Saudi Arabia endorses Crucifixion

The Saudia Arabian state has crucified and beheaded a convicted criminal.

The man from Myanmar was beheaded and his body put on display on a cross in Mecca on Wednesday.  

Elias Jamaleddeen was convicted of theft, attempted rape, and stealing firearms and ammunition.

His conviction was upheld by the courts and his execution was personally endorsed by King Salman, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's top executioners, but crucifixions - in which the condemned is generally beheaded and then the body put on display - are rare. 

In the first four months of this year, the kingdom executed 48 people, half of them on non-violent drug charges, Human Rights Watch said. 

This comes as Saudi Arabia is locked in a diplomatic row with Canada over human rights after Canada demanded the release of jailed activists.

Saudi officials last week expelled Canada's ambassador, giving him 24 hours to leave the country, and recalled its own envoy to Ottawa, while freezing all new trade over what it slammed as 'interference' in its internal affairs.

Saudi Arabia's key role in the energy sector, and King Salman's financial relationships with European royals, generally ensure that the state, which is known to fund Islamic terrorism throughout the world, is left untroubled by any result of its activities. 

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