A man convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old girl was publicly executed in Yemen front of hundreds of spectators.
Before his death, Muhammad al-Maghrabi, 41, was escorted through the huge crowd by armed men in military uniform.
As he lay with his hands handcuffed behind his back on a blanket on the ground in Sanaa’s Tahrir Square, a judge read out the death sentence. Then a policeman fired five bullets at point blank range from an assault rifle into al-Maghrabi
Some of those gathered in the square were pictured photographing and filming the scene on their mobile phones.
Television cameras reportedly broadcast the sentencing across the country.
Al-Maghrabi admitted to raping the girl in his hut to the south of the capital city on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day Muslim festival that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan..
The father of the girl told reporters after the execution that he felt as if he had been reborn.
“This is the first day in my life,” he said. “I am relieved now.”
Under Sharia law, murder is punishable by the death sentence, although the law does not specify how the sentence should be carried out.
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