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It is all-too-well-known by now that a favorite way for radical Islamists to show the world just how barbaric and determined they are to spread terror and death is to post videos of beheadings — shocking executions of captives conducted in the name of Allah. According to Islamic Shariah law, beheading is a preferred way of carrying out a death sentence in the Muslim world.
Still, it might strike many as gruesome that a country such as Saudi Arabia would, in this day and age, routinely order the beheading of convicts when capital punishment is their sentence. And now, it seems, there’s a shortage of qualified executioners in the Middle Eastern nation that, as The New York Times reports, went ahead with its 85th such execution this year just this past Sunday — putting to death a man convicted of a drug offense.
Job seekers in Saudi Arabia who have a strong constitution and endorse strict Islamic law might consider new opportunities carrying out public beheadings and amputating the hands of convicted thieves.
If Wikipedia is accurate, crimes for which public beheading may be the punishment in Saudi Arabia include:
– Witchcraft and sorcery
– Drug use/trafficking
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The Times article points out that the Saudi Ministry of Civil Service posted eight job openings for professional “swordsmen,” so to speak, who might face a heavy workload as more and more people are sentenced to die in the public squares of various cities around the country.
Thirty-eight of this year’s executions, including the one on Sunday, were for drug-related crimes with no allegations of violence, according to Adam Coogle, a researcher with Human Rights Watch.
According to coverage in The Guardian of the online solicitation for executioners, Saudi Arabia may be scheduling more beheadings in the upcoming months due to “a tough response by the judiciary to regional turbulence.”
The Islamic kingdom is in the top five countries in the world for putting people to death, rights groups say. It ranked third in 2014, after China and Iran, and ahead of Iraq and the United States, according to Amnesty International figures.
In case you’re wondering about the status of government executioners in Saudi Arabia, The Guardian report notes that — in the online application for the eight positions — “the jobs were classified as ‘religious functionaries’ and…they would be at the lower end of the civil service pay scale.”