Saudi Authorities Publicly Behead Woman for Alleged Murder

Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, a Burmese national, was also accused of sexual abuse. A video of her screaming she is innocent taken off YouTube.

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Saudi Arabian authorities publicly beheaded a Burmese woman in Mecca on Monday, who they accused of sexual abusing and murdering of her 7-year-old stepdaughter.

A video posted on YouTube and later taken down showed Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim begging for her life and crying "I did not kill. I did not kill," according to reports.

83 people were beheaded in Saudi Arabia in 2014, according to the Associated Press.

Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world. The group lists 79 executions in Saudi Arabia in 2013 and 2012, and 82 in 2011 and 2010. The London-based rights group says at least 69 people were executed in 2009. Amnesty says the countries carrying out the most executions last year were China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

Lashing referred to Supreme Court

Meanwhile, the case of a Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, which has been widely criticized by Western governments, has been referred to the Supreme Court by the King's office, the BBC reported on Friday.

Badawi was flogged 50 times last week but a second round of lashings due on Friday was postponed for what a source told Reuters were medical reasons.

Political stakes over Badawi's case, which included a charge of insulting Islam, have been heightened by the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper and its subsequent publication of more cartoons featuring Islam's Prophet Mohammed.

In a brief newsbreak without quotes, the BBC said Badawi's wife had told it the decision had given the blogger hope that the authorities want to end his punishment.