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Saudi Arabia Recruiting Eight New Executioners – No Experience Necessary

19/05/2015 11:41 BST | Updated 19/05/2015 11:59 BST
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Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners to fulfill its increasing number of death sentences.

No special qualifications are required for the role, which also requires performing amputations on convicts of lesser offences, Reuters reports.

It comes as a man beheaded on Sunday brought the total number of executions to 85 for 2015 so far.

The advert for the role has reportedly been posted on a civil jobs portal.

In August last year Human Rights Watch reported at least 19 people had been beheaded in 17 days, with eight of those sentenced to death for non-violent offences including drug smuggling and sorcery.

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It cites AFP figures as stating there were 87 executions in 2014 and at least 79 in 2013.

The Death Penalty Worldwide database, which collects information on executions across the globe shows Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates.

In 2013 the country was reported to be considering abolishing beheadings due to a lack of swordsmen.

Arabic news channels stated shooting was being considered as an alternative.

Firing squad executions have been implemented in the country in the past.

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