Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed a prince for shooting a man dead during a brawl three years ago, Saudi's interior ministry said in a statement. The ministry further said that the prince had pleaded guilty to shooting his compatriot.
A Saudi state news service report said Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was put to death in the capital Riyadh but the report did not mention the method of execution used. Generally, most death penalties in the Islamic kingdom are carried out by beheading in a public square.
Executions of royal family members are rare and this is the first in four decades when an individual linked to the family has been executed. The last prominent case of a royal family member's execution was that of Faisal bin Musaid al-Saud, who assassinated his uncle, King Fasial, in 1975.
According to AFP news agency, the prince is the 134th individual to be executed this year. The Interior ministry said that it would ensure to everyone that the government was "keen to keep order, stabilize security and bring about justice through implementing the rules prescribed by Allah".
The victim's family refused offers of "blood money"
by which they would receive financial compensation in return for not demanding the death sentence, Al-Arabiya reported.
On social media, some Saudis said that they never imagined such a thing would happen while others said it indicated the quality of their justice system.
The royal family is estimated to be in the thousands. While they receive a monthly stipend, not all of them hold important government posts.