Saudi Arabia Publicly Beheads Woman in Holy Mecca as Blogger Lashings Are Postponed

Ben Tufft, Independent, January 16, 2015

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have publicly beheaded a woman in Islam’s holy city of Mecca, prompting further criticism of the country’s human rights record.

Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, a Burmese woman who resided in Saudi Arabia, was executed by sword on Monday after being dragged through the street and held down by four police officers.

She was convicted of the sexual abuse and murder of her seven-year-old step-daughter.

A video showed how it took three blows to complete the execution, while the woman screamed “I did not kill. I did not kill.” It has now been removed by YouTube as part of its policy on “shocking and disgusting content”.

There are two ways to behead people according to Mohammed al-Saeedi, a human rights activist: “One way is to inject the prisoner with painkillers to numb the pain and the other is without the painkiller,” he told the Middle East Eye.

“This woman was beheaded without painkillers–they wanted to make the pain more powerful for her.”

The Saudi Ministry of the Interior said in a statement that it believed the sentence was warranted due to the severity of the crime.

The beheading is part of an alarming trend, which has seen the kingdom execute seven people in the first two weeks of this year. In 2014 the number of executions rose to 87, from 78 in 2013.

Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger, was due to receive the second set of 50 lashes today for insulting Islam, but it has been postponed on medical grounds.

Ali A Rizvi, one of the blogger’s best best friends told The Independent: “His wife told me that the lashings have been postponed, but it is only temporary.”

He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison after creating a liberal, secular website, Free Saudi Liberals. He faces lashings every Friday for the next 18 weeks, until the sentence is completed.

He narrowly avoided the death penalty when a court threw out apostasy charges in 2013.

Sarah Leah Wilson, the Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said: “Corporal punishment is nothing new in Saudi Arabia, but publicly lashing a peaceful activist merely for expressing his ideas sends an ugly message of intolerance.

“Saudi Arabia is showing a willingness to inflict vicious and cruel punishments on writers whose views it rejects.”

Amnesty also condemned the sentence and has launched a campaign to release the blogger.

In Saudi Arabia a number of crimes, including murder, rape, adultery and armed robbery, can carry a capital sentence.

Beheading is considered one of the more humane punishments the authorities can mete out, a firing squad and stoning are other methods open to judges.

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  • MekongDelta69

    There are two ways to behead people according to Mohammed al-Saeedi, a human rights activist

    This is so ridiculously idiotic, it’s not even worth a rational comment…

    • Oil Can Harry

      Whenever the Saudis apply the lash they play the Devo song “Whip It”.

      • Reynardine

        That comment got more laughs from me than it really should have.

  • Anglokraut

    I’ll bet that video is available on LiveLeak.

    • MannyR

      It is I watched it yesterday

  • superlloyd

    What is the difference between Saudi Arabia and Isis or Al Quaeda. Nothing except that Saudi Arabia has oil.

    • Cid Campeador

      Cut off all relations with these countries and get the Keystone Pipeline going and DEPORT all followers of “The Religion Of Peace”.

  • propagandaoftruth

    What an evil religion.

    • APaige

      I heard it referred to as a ‘medieval death cult founded by a psychopathic pedophile.’

      • Zimriel

        You forgot “epileptic”.

      • Cid Campeador

        A Medieval Satanic death Cult.

      • ElComadreja

        That is absolutely accurate.

    • Bossman

      There are no good or evil religions, just stupid religions.

      • propagandaoftruth

        You gotta get yours and I gotta get mine.

  • Luca

    “She was convicted of the sexual abuse and murder of her seven-year-old step-daughter.”?

    This from a religion that routinely mutilates young girls and calls it female circumcision.

    And this is a country we sell F-15’s to? Our good ally.

    • NoMosqueHere

      Saudi Arabia has financed the construction of mosques throughout the US for many years. In reality, americans have financed it every time they fill up their gas tanks.

      • Tarczan

        That is why obama is against the Keystone pipoeline and fracking.

    • Cid Campeador

      IF she really did it, she deserved execution.

  • HJ11

    I don’t care what ways and laws they have for their own people. They are not my kind and I practice indifference and non-interference in the business of non-Whites. Her death just means that none of her genes will get into the gene pool to compete with White genes.

    • APaige

      I agree. I would even consider sending some of the people here who are ‘not of my kind’ there for punishment. After all we have the most pro-defendant, open and fair judicial system in the world, yet is for some reason is considered racist. I would rather have DeLaQuifia avoid white racism here and be fairly dealt with in Mecca.

    • LHathaway

      It says she was from ‘Burma’. She was likely a contract worker there. I’m only surprised She wasn’t Filipino.

  • Easyrhino

    Beheading women or whipping some guy tied to a pole is vile and disgusting but is it any worse than the 500+ children murdered by our dear and loyal ally in Gaza last July or the thousands of civilians Obama has blown to bits (oops my bad!) via drone strikes?

    I’m no apologist for ME crackpots but one of the reasons they hate is for our double standards with regard to moral outrage.

    • The Dude

      If you want to talk morals, I think intervening to stop ISIS is more morally justifiable than looking the other way.

      As for Israel, I believe they have the right to bomb the living soul of the people who threaten to annihilate them.

      • MannyR

        Did they know what they were getting into when they allowed you losers to come live in THEIR country when no one else wanted you? When you were allowed to immigrate and then started moving en masse and declared it was your land? Get the hell off this site you Juden Rat.

        • The Dude

          1. I’m not Jewish;

          2. I’m not going anywhere (deal with it);

          3. they didn’t allow the Jews to come to their country. Palestinian was under British rule, and it was the British who made a place for the Jews there. Their land was taken over, just like we took over Amerinds’ land. They should just get over it and accept a two-states solution.

          • Zimriel

            I actually am part Israeli, and I’ll pipe in to note that the Ottomans had made a place for my great-grandparents before the Brits even cared.

            Why’s that? Because the Turks didn’t want it, the Muslim Arabs were useless tribal goofballs, and the Christian Aramaeans were (by that point) bumpkins who wanted to stay in Syria / Lebanon. The only people who loved the land were the Jews and Samaritans. There not being enough Samaritans to go ’round, the Ottomans encouraged the Jews.

          • Dr. X

            That’s true. “Palestine” was largely a useless, sparsely populated, unimportant territory on the periphery of just about everything during Ottoman rule. It only became important after the Jews founded Israel in 1948, providing a very useful whipping boy for all the despotic Arab demagogues like Nasser and Assad. Of course, the lunatic Arab mobs in the street danced on cue, every time.

            I’m not really a big fan of influence of “The Tribe” in the U.S., but I haven’t got the slightest problem with Zionist Jews whatsoever.

          • Jeff

            This. This comment sums up my feelings in a manner far more succinct than I could have come up with. I have known many jewish folks, and while a tad standoffish at times, they were some of the best people I’ve ever known. In so far as the left has its fair share of leftist jews, they are all not Jewish, not even close. I sometimes wish that AR posters would make the same distinction when they reference, “The Tribe”. If anything, conservative Israeli jews have much in common with the posters here, except their cursed population are palestinians. The palestinian’s would seem to have much in common with Detroit. Only warmer. With that said, I think it is the left who are by far the greatest threat and enemy to this nation.I firmly believe that if the leftist narrative could be contained and dealt with appropriately, the rest of of the nation’s problems could be resolved without much difficulty.

          • meanqueen

            I agree! Well said.

          • meanqueen

            Agree. Not crazy about leftist Jews in America, but admire those whose values are in line with mine and especially admire the Israelis.

    • NoMosqueHere

      Israel didn’t give the PLO muslim barbarians anything near what they deserved. Israel should have wiped out the entire Gaza nest of muslim terrorists once and for all. Gaza is not a state, or even a quasi state. It provides no benefit to anyone except to fulfill the hitlerite dream of killing jews. Palestinianism is nazism.

    • Luca

      Our ally in Gaza? You must be talking about Hamas. Well then you are right, it is a shame that they fire rockets from inside of schools and hospitals knowing innocents will be killed when retaliation arrives. They do it for the sick PR/propaganda they get from Western Liberal journalists.

    • Bryce Armstrong

      I wish my heroes in Israel would wipe out ALL of your savage buddies traitor, and if in you dont like it there’s room enough for you to.

  • dmxinc

    So comforting to know our boys were killed and maimed to protect this “kingdom.”

    • Charles Martel

      Uh, this is Saudi Arabia. Perhaps you are thinking of Iraq.

      • dmxinc

        I served in the first Gulf War. We flew out of Jubail and Riyadh.

        We have flown support ops for the Saudis for decades.

        Don’t think one-dimensionally.

  • The Dude

    Actually, the video is still up on one channel.

    Watch it at your own peril: http://www youtube com/watch?v=ekPmPasxScc

    • IstvanIN

      You don’t actually see much. It does to be a fairly crude method of execution, they don’t even use a block or a very big sword. They just laid the woman on the street and hacked away. A good executioner would be done in one swing.

      • John Smith

        Saudis do have executioners who are skilled like that and I’ve watched some of their work.

        • The Dude

          Here’s the executioner of Mecca: http://www youtube com/watch?v=kpaq-Wz48QE

          A Negro, of all people! lol

          • John Smith

            Appropriately bloodthirsty, but it puts their natural savagery to work.

      • The Dude

        They usually do it in one swing*, but the woman wouldn’t sit still, and kept yelling even as he was hacking her.

        *http://www youtube com/watch?v=DQogdkic3Wk

  • Bossman

    In Saudi Arabia one can be beheaded for homosexuality and witchcraft. I wonder how they get to convict a person in those cases. Does a witch have to turn someone into a frog to be found guilty?

    • Charles Martel

      While these laws are in the books, the death penalty is rarely applied. As a practical matter, it seems to only apply to non-Saudis.

  • dd121

    I just don’t understand how our home-grown marxists can rationalize the behavior of these people.

    • Simple: cultural relativism.

    • Dr. X

      Easy answer to this question: it’s not about THEM, it’s about YOU. Marxists and liberals really don’t support Muslims or blacks… they only pretend to do so because they’re trying to demonstrate their moral superiority over other whites — like us who post on AmRen.

  • MannyR

    Just another one of the morally superior US’s allies around the world. We’re in bed with these people and Israel but the second a white person marches for their rights in Germany , Greece ….”What we’re seeing is the rise Antisemitic forces world wide.”….bs bs bs

  • MissaJim

    But remember, “they’re just like us” and “all cultures are equal”. Bull!

  • Evette Coutier

    We waterboard mass murdering terrorists, and liberals label America as the source of all evil in the world. Islam tortures innocent people to death and liberals call us racists for objecting. Our real problem is liberals.

    • Canadian Friend

      The left is a more dangerous enemy than Islam or than any outside threat.

      • Evette Coutier

        Too true.

      • KenelmDigby


      • Sick of it

        All are dangerous. The traitors in power are, of course, the primary threat to our survival.

    • meanqueen

      That’s what I’ve been saying all along.

  • Zimriel

    “Holy Mecca”? It reads to me like The Independent is following Shari’a.

    • ElComadreja

      It’s more like “Holy S**t”.

  • Jim Kental

    We should encourage the young blacks in America to immigrate to Saudi Arabia, maybe they can whip them into shape (There will be non-stop whipping for eternity there).

  • LHathaway

    “He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison after creating a liberal, secular website, Free Saudi Liberals. He faces lashings every Friday for the next 18 weeks, until the sentence is completed”.

    Who says there is no justice in this world?

    • Chasmania

      Yeah, but where does a Liberal Saudi lie on the US political scale ? For all we know that guy may be a fire eyed conservative who would shame Patton. 😛

  • Canadian Friend

    Just as he said of ISIS terrorists I am sure Obama would say those beheadings have nothing to do with Islam.

  • thomasdosborneii

    I understand that under Sharia law, if you aren’t a Muslim, then your word doesn’t count in court. I’m guessing that this Burmese woman wasn’t Muslim, suffered an accusation (probably false), but was unable to offer any defense.

    So the difference between Muslim countries and Texas is that in Texas, she would have a trial, at least.

    • meanqueen

      Pretty sure she was a Muslim. But you’re on the right track – she wasn’t an ARAB, and Arabs, particularly in Saudi Arabia, treat all non-Saudi Muslims like crap, and non-Arab Muslims are one step down from that, and black African Muslims are the lowest of the low.

  • KenelmDigby

    I know it won’t win me much popularity here, but in general, I admire the Saudis for their uncompromising toughness and ruthlessness, when dealing with criminals and immigrants – compare this to the custard weakness of all of the western world – look at how disgusting murderers in the USA bitch and whine for decades on ‘death row’ because the state hasn’t got the guts to execute them -, and also for the Saudi determination to pursue their own self-interest in their own way and not giving a damn about outside opinion or interference.

    • Chasmania

      That’s like admiring a paranoid schizophrenic, who just murdered their children because the kids had ‘a devil in them’ , for the strength of their convictions.

      One thing I will say about the death penalty in the US. There have been numerous cases of wrongful convictions due to tainted evidence, bad cops or DA’s, etc… A peer reviewed study done by the University of Michigan and published by the National Academy of Sciences estimated that at LEAST 4% of DP convictions are wrongful. I am by no means soft on crime. For all I care they can bust rocks till the day they die, but you can’t bring back the dead when you find out they were setup by a bad cop, someone else did it or the like.

  • John Smith

    If she actually did it, I couldn’t care less about her execution, but in a country that corrupt and biased against foreigners and others with few connections (especially non-muslims), whose laws include capital punishment for “witchcraft,” I doubt the justice of her conviction.

  • Charles Martel

    Corporal punishment is commonly administered in public, usually on Friday afternoon (Friday bring the equivalent of Sunday in the West). In Jeddah, it is done in an area like a public square.

    As you can see from the video, the canings are more about humiliating the “criminal” than hurting him physically. It’s not like the lashings you see in pirate movies.

  • shmo123

    And the whippings will continue until morale improves.

  • Ellis Kurtz

    Meanwhile, over in Saudi Arabia they have delayed the next public flogging .. There was a blogger, a blogger who got flogged .. for insulting Islam and he got a 1,000 lashes. .. And of course you can’t do them all at once so they gave him 50. They’re supposed to give him 50 a week but they found out he still has not recovered from the first 50. So they delayed the next 50. See, there are moderate Muslims.

    Bill Maher

  • WoodyBBad

    Just another day for the Religion of Peace.

  • meanqueen

    I’ll take the firing squad, please.

  • meanqueen

    I suspect it was the child’s father or some other male relative who raped and murdered her, and the stepmother was the scapegoat.

  • Magician

    I am just curious if Saudi Arabia receives tens of thousands of refugees every year like Germany and Sweden do.

    Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest countries in this world because of its rich petroleum resources (and college education is free for all its citizens because it certainly can afford to)