Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A Saudi joyrider has been sentenced to death by beheading after accidentally killing two men while performing a Fast And The Furious-style stunt with his car
The middle-aged man struck and killed his victims as he was drifting - where drivers make their cars spin and skid at high speed - near the capital Riyadh. He fled the scene before being arrested. Drifting, brought to life on the big screen through the film franchise starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, is said to be popular among Saudi men. Saudi Arabia, which follows a strict version of Sunni Islam, does not have a written penal code and judges issue verdicts according to their own interpretation of the Koran. Amnesty International has said that at least 82 people were executed in Saudi Arabia in 201, many of them by public beheading.