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Shooting may replace beheading.

A ministerial committee is looking into formally dropping beheading as a method of execution in the country, according to a local newspaper report. The Ministry of Interior has authorized regional governors to approve execution by a firing squad as an alternative.

A region's governor is entitled to decide the method of execution following a death sentence by a criminal court, according to a Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution circular.

The circular was distributed to the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution's branches throughout the Kingdom's regions.

Execution by a firing squad is not a breach of Shariah.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Mar 11, 2013
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