Monday, March 11, 2013
Saudi shortage of swordsmen prompts approval of executions by firing squad | World news | guardian.co.uk
Saudi Arabia has authorised regional governors to approve executions by firing squad as an alternative to public beheading, the customary method of capital punishment in the kingdom, the Arab News reported on Monday . The English-language daily gave no explanation.
But another newspaper, Al Youm, reporting the measure on Sunday, said the reason for the change was a shortage of swordsmen.
Progress, I guess. --ts