Thursday, February 14, 2008

Interview with a Saudi beheader

This is the long version (10 min)

From Transcript:

Dr. Turki Al-Atyan, Saudi Interior Ministry psychologist: The rulings of the Shari'a – executions or other punishments decreed by Allah – are carried out by the sword, not by hanging or by gunfire. In the past, gunfire was used, and the victim's guardian was allowed to do the shooting, but out of the fear of possible injustice, Saudi Arabia decided that executions would be carried out by the sword


First TV host: Do you cut off hands, or do you just do beheadings?

Abdallah Al-Bishi: Yes, yes. I carry out the punishment of cutting off thieves' hands, as well as the cutting off of a hand and a leg on alternate sides, as is written in the Koran.


First TV host: Are you training your eldest son Badr or one of his brothers to do the same job in the future, especially since you inherited this profession from your father?

Abdallah Al-Bishi: Allah be praised, Badr is about to be appointed to the position in Riyadh.
Recorded from the Lebanese Broadcasting Channel.

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