2002: ‘Ali bin Hittan bin Sa’id, Muhammad bin Suleyman bin Muhammad, and Muhammad bin Khalil bin ‘Abdullah
1 comment January 1st, 2008 Headsman
On this date in 2002, three homosexual men were beheaded with a sword in the resort city of Abha, Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Interior Ministry announced that the men had “committed acts of sodomy, married each other, seduced young men and attacked those who rebuked them” — suggesting, despite the allusion to molestation, that homosexuality might have been the primary basis for their execution.
The incident created a ripple of worldwide attention and some pungent speculation, but the particulars remain shadowy — not unlike the ambiguous position of gays in Saudi Arabia even in the face of draconian sodomy laws.
Also on this date
- 1926: Melton Carr
- 404: St. Telemachus, gladiator-slayer
- 1841: Archilla Smith, Trail of Tears Cherokee
- 1943: Rosanna and Daniel Phillips
- 1943: Lojze Grozde, beatified Slovenian
- 104 B.C.E.: Jugurtha
- 1892: Sylvester Henry Bell
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