07 July 2009

Yemen executes barber for rape, death of 11-year-old who came to his shop for haircut

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Yahya Hussein al-Raghwah prepares himself before the execution


The executioner prepares to shoot al-Raghwah in the back of the head


Yemenis gather to watch a Yemeni soldier execute a man, lying face down on a large piece of red cloth, his hands bound behind him, in front of the central prison in San'a, Yemen, Monday, July 6, 2009. - STR /AP photo



Yemeni police officers, accompanied by a doctor, left, place a man face down prior to his execution in front of the central prison in San'a, Yemen, Monday, July 6, 2009.

- Associated Press Writer

SAN'A, Yemen -- The Yemen news agency reports that a barber has been publicly executed after he was found guilty of raping and killing an 11-year-old boy who came to his shop for a haircut.

Pictures of the execution Monday in the capital of San'a showed hundreds of people gathered around as Yehya Hussein was killed.

The pictures showed the barber lying face down on a large piece of red cloth, his hands bound behind him, after a Yemeni police official standing over him with what appeared to be a machine gun shot him four times.

According to the news agency, Saba, the barber was arrested in December 2008 and confessed during a January trial to raping the boy inside his salon, killing him and cutting up his body before dumping it outside San'a.

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