A Saudi Arabia prince could face execution after the victim’s father rejected his plea for pardon, a newspaper reported Sunday.
According to Reuters, the English-language Arab News did not disclose the name of the prince or his victim, but said Crown Prince Salman, a senior member of the family and government, had “cleared the way for the possible execution of a prince convicted of murdering a Saudi citizen.”
“Shariah [law] shall be applied to all without exception,” he wrote in a message to Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif, Arab News reported.
“There is no difference between big and small, rich and poor. The powerful are weak before God’s law until others get their rights from them while the weak are powerful until their rights are protected.
"Nobody is allowed to interfere with the judiciary’s decision. This is the tradition of this state. We are committed to following the Shariah.”
King Abdullah reportedly decreed the prince stating that execution would be enforced if the prince and the victim’s family failed to reconcile.
The victim’s father said in a statement that he was not ready to pardon the prince and claimed the reconciliation committee was not fair to him.
UPI reported that the father was not happy with the amount of blood money offered by the committee.
Executions are common in the kingdom, which follows a strict version of sharia.
With beheading as the most common method, there have been 72 official executions in Saudi Arabia so far this year. The kingdom had executed at least 47 people as of May 2013, according to Amnesty International, compared to 82 in all of 2011 and a similar number in 2012.