‘I did not kill’ woman’s cries ignored as Saudi Arabia police publicly behead her
Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, a Burmese woman who resided in Saudi Arabia, was beheaded by sword in January after being dragged through the streets of Mecca and held down by four police officers.
She was convicted of the sexual abuse and murder of her seven-year-old step-daughter.
Saudi state media claimed she had beaten the girl and sexually abused her repeatedly with a broomstick “without mercy or pity, which led to her death.” The country’s Ministry of the Interior said in a statement that it believed the death sentence was warranted due to the severity of the crime.
The below video was filmed secretly and shows how it took three blows to complete the execution, while the woman screamed “I did not kill. I did not kill.”
The man who filmed a woman being publicly beheaded with a sword in Mecca has reportedly been arrested by Saudi Arabian police.
Mohammed al-Saeedi, a human rights activist, claimed Basim was not given painkillers like most prisoners before execution because authorities “wanted to make the pain more powerful for her”.