Saudi Arabia expects to be busy in the coming months in as far as carrying out death penalty to offenders is concerned. To be able to deliver its so-called commitments, the country’s civil service ministry has placed a job ad seeking for executioners.
Posted on the agency’s website on Monday, the job was classified as “religious functionaries.” An online application form stated the agency will not seek any special qualifications from the interested applicant since the post falls within the lower tier of the country’s civil service pay scale.
The eight chosen executioners will carry out the death sentence “according to Islamic Shariah after it is ordered by a legal ruling.” Aside from beheading, this group will also carry out amputations on those convicted of lesser crimes.
Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman, told NBC News earlier this year that to “kill” a person convicted of a crime in Saudi Arabia was “a decision made by a court.”
Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are crimes punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. Those convicted of theft will be amputated, the AFP reports.
Despite being a member of the UN’s Human Rights Council and a close ally of the United States, Saudi Arabia is ranked as one of the top five global countries that still implement the death penalty or effect beheading for convicted offenders. Figures from Amnesty International said the other four nations were China, Iran, Iraq and the United States. Just on Sunday, Saudi Arabia made its 85th beheading, compared to the 88 accounted for the whole of 2014. Amnesty International estimated the oil-rich kingdom executed 90 people last year, mostly for murder.
A report by Reuters says the job ad for more executioners could have been prompted by the rise in the number of judges recently appointed by the kingdom. Diplomats believed pending cases could immediately be expedited, possibly ruling more executions.
It may also “reflect a tough response to regional trouble,” a political analysts told BBC.