Saudi social media users see prince’s execution as sign of equality

By Katie Paul and Tom Finn RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) – Saudi social media users interpret the rare execution of an Al Saud prince as a sign of equality under Islamic law, approval likely to reassure Riyadh’s absolute rulers as large spending cuts test the kingdom’s welfare-based social contract. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was found guilty of shooting dead another Saudi national during a brawl and was executed after a royal order by King Salman, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. A prince who assassinated his uncle, King Faisal, was beheaded in 1975 and a princess was shot dead for adultery two years later.

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