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A month after a prince’s execution, another gets lashes in Saudi Arabia

Less than a month after a prince of Saudi Arabia was executed for murder, a prince of the ruling Al Saud family was given lashes in a Jeddah prison as a court-ordered punishment.

The brief report in Okaz daily did not disclose the offence for which he was being punished but said the unidentified prince was also ordered to serve a prison sentence. It was also unclear how many lashes he received.

Last month, Saudi authorities executed Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir in a highly unusual case involving one of the thousands of members of the royal family.

He was condemned to death for shooting dead Adel al-Mahemid, a Saudi, during a brawl.

Saudi Arabia, a leading Arab ally of the United States and the birthplace of Islam, follows the strict Wahhabi Sunni Muslim School and gives the clergy control over its justice system.

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