Saudi Arabia beheads worker

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian domestic worker who knifed to death a Saudi woman described in press reports as her employer.

Amnesty International said the sentence against Siti Zainab was carried out despite suspicions she was mentally ill.

Her case adds to what the London-based watchdog calls a “macabre spike” in Saudi executions this year.

The interior ministry said Zainab was executed after being convicted of stabbing and beating Saudi woman Noura al-Morobei to death.

Authorities carried out the sentence on Tuesday in the Muslim holy city of Medina, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Zainab’s execution brings to 60 the number of foreigners and Saudis executed this year, according to an AFP tally.

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