Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced, on Wednesday, the execution of the death sentence against an Egyptian citizen in the case of killing a security officer in the city of Jeddah.
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This came in a statement of the Saudi Ministry of Interior published by the official news agency, in which he stated: “/ Walid Sami Al-Zuhairi – Egyptian national – on 3/26/1442 AH committed a treacherous act, with a stray terrorist motive, to kill the first soldier in the security patrols in Jeddah / Hadi Bin Misfer Al-Qahtani, who was performing the Fajr prayer in a chapel belonging to one of the gas stations in the governorate, had stopped there while he was working to perform the prayer there. The perpetrator took advantage of the martyr’s presence – God willing – alone inside the chapel, so he surprised him while he was sitting in the tashahhud by paying several stab wounds, which led to his martyrdom. Then he fled, thinking that he would survive his heinous act.
The statement continued: “However, thanks to God Almighty, the security authorities were able to arrest him and seize the crime instrument, and the investigation with him resulted in his confession of his crime, his adoption of the takfiri approach, and his affiliation with the terrorist organization (ISIS). Under which blood, money, honor, and breach of covenants, and by referring him to the competent criminal court, an instrument was issued against him to prove what was attributed to him, and because what the defendant had done was a forbidden act and a form of corruption in the land, he was sentenced to death with the limit of war, and the judgment was upheld by the competent court of appeal And from the Supreme Court, and a royal order was issued to enforce what was legally decided and supported by its reference against the aforementioned offender.
The Ministry of the Interior added: “The death sentence was carried out with the end of war on the offender / Walid Sami Al-Zuhairi – Wednesday 28/10/1442 AH in Jeddah Governorate, Makkah Al-Mukarramah Region… and the Ministry of Interior, as it announces this, to assure everyone the keenness of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques – may God protect him – to establish security and achieve Justice and the implementation of God’s rulings on everyone who assaults the safe and sheds their blood, and at the same time warns everyone who is tempted to commit such criminal terrorist acts that legitimate punishment will be his fate.”
For his part, the Saudi Minister of Interior, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, posted a picture of the slain soldier on his official Twitter page, with a comment in which he said: “Retribution has been done.. God bless you, hero.”