CHOP CHOP SQUARE IN SAUDI ARABIA — BEHEADINGS ARE FREQUENT!
“Execution Central: Saudi Arabia’s Bloody Chop-Chop Square” by Umberto Beach April 3, 2013
“When It Comes to Beheadings, ISIS Has Nothing Over Saudi Arabia” by Janine Di Giovanni on Newsweek Oct 14, 2014
In Saudi Arabia, Wahabism corporal punishments and capital executions – by beheading – are carried out in public or in prison depending on the court ruling.
A Saudi court’s decision to order the severance of a man’s spine in an ‘eye-for-an-eye’ punishment has once more shined a light on Riyadh’s violent judicial system. — “Paralysing someone as punishment for a crime would be torture.” That such a punishment might be implemented is utterly shocking…”
Eye-gouging and tooth extraction are known to have been imposed on offenders sentenced in accordance with the concept of retribution.
Corporal punishments as well as capital executions – by beheading – are carried out in public or in prison, depending on the court ruling.
In the capital Riyadh, public executions take place in the central Deera square, usually at 9am. The wide ochre square has been grimly dubbed “chop chop square” has seen dozens of condemned men and women put to death in recent years.
“At 9 a.m., the executioner gently lowers the blade to jab at the condemned’s neck, which jerks the prisoner’s body to attention. Then the real blow: the blade is drawn high up, then swung back down. It cleaves skin, muscle, and bone with a hollow, echoing thud. A lurid crimson waterfall chases the head to the granite with the sound of a wet rag being wrung out over a stainless steel sink. The body sways forward, snaps up, and slumps off to the right.
A loudspeaker lists the decapitated man’s crimes: rape, drug trafficking, and possession. The executioner sheathes his sword. A thickly bearded soldier claps his hands and wipes them against each other in the air—that’s it.