Due to a shortage of trained swordsmen, Saudi Arabia is considering replacing beheading as a form of capital punishment with firing squads. Reportedly, this change would not "violate Islamic law, allowing heads or emirs of the country's 13 local administrative regions to begin using the new method when needed."
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict version of Sharia, or Islamic Law. So far this year, three people have been executed.
The beheading issue has always been a source of tension between Saudi Arabia and the international community.
Last month, Saudi Arabia slammed international reactions to its beheading of a Sri Lankan woman convicted of killing her employer's baby.
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