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Saudi Arabia executes prince over alleged murder

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Saudi Arabia has executed a member of the royal family for an alleged murder.

Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was sentenced to death after apparently shooting dead his fellow countryman Adel al-Mahemid, during a brawl.

The method of his execution remains unknown but the majority of those who are put to death are beheaded with a sword. 

The prince pleaded guilty to shooting his compatriot after an argument erupted at a desert camp on the edge of Riyadh.

When al-Kabir realised the victim was a friend and colleague he informed the police, according to Arab News.

The victim’s family were offered financial compensation in return for not demanding the death sentence, but they refused, Al-Arabiya reported.

"The government.. is keen to keep order, stabilise security and bring about justice through implementing the rules prescribed by Allah...," the interior ministry said in a statement.
The House of Saud has thousands of members and are very rarely executed. One of the most prominent cases was Faisal bin Musaid al Saud, who was sentenced to death for assassinating his uncle, King Faisal, in 1975.