It is so good to be back but, then again, we haven’t really been anywhere. The odd day out, the local hotel/resort, new and old shopping malls, all the usual, mundane matters of life, bog-standard everyday activities I suppose. Oh! And work of course. Every so often, sometimes, just once in a lifetime, an opportunity comes along and it is so darn tempting that you already know that if you don’t jump at the chance then regret may follow you all your days. On the other hand, there may be even more regret in taking the opportunity. With this conundrum in mind, full consideration is now being given to a most fascinating, new career opportunity. Oh yes, it is absolutely real and genuine and just there for the taking. The pay is immaterial but the kudos, being the centre of attention down the pub, the stories you could tell your mates and the photos you could show the grand-kiddies. Well, what say you..?
May 21, 2015
Muscat 40 °C
Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars
Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014.
The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted from the usual entrance exams.
It said that as well as beheadings, the successful candidates would be expected to carry out amputations ordered by the courts.
Amputation of one or both hands is a routine penalty for theft. Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death.
Most executions are carried out by beheading, but a few are carried out by firing squad, stoning or crucifixion.
All are carried out in public and video footage sometimes appears on the Internet despite a ban on filming.
In January, gruesome footage was posted of a Myanmarese woman protesting her innocence before being beheaded by a swordsman on a public street in Mecca.
Ignoring her screams, the white-robed executioner forces her to lie down on the ground, near a pedestrian crossing, then severs her head with a curved sword. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that Layla bint Abdul Mutaleb Bassim had been sentenced to death for killing her husband’s six year old daughter.
The vacancies were advertised on the ministry’s website in the ‘religious jobs’ section.
Last year, Saudi Arabia executed 87 people, according to an AFP tally, ranking it third in the world for use of the death penalty.
Already this year, it has put 85 people to death in what human rights group Amnesty International has described as a ‘macabre spike’.
On Tuesday, a convicted serial rapist of young girls was beheaded in Riyadh, SPA reported.
The Interior Ministry says the death penalty is an important deterrent. But on a visit to Riyadh this month, French President Francois Hollande said capital punishment ‘should be banned’.
Now, where’s that CV and covering letter?