Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alistair Burt, condemning the execution of Rizana Nafeek, described the beheading as particularly cruel and inhuman.
Burt said in a statement yesterday, “I condemn the execution of Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia despite the many appeals for her sentence to be commuted.
The UK opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle, whatever the crime committed. The beheading of Nafeek is particularly concerning as reports suggest she may have been a child of 17, at the time the crime was committed. We also find the practice of beheading to be particularly cruel and inhuman. We continue to raise our concerns about human rights with the Saudi authorities, including its frequent use of the death penalty.”