Crowds cheer as they watched officials publicly execute two pedophiles for sexually assaulting and murdering 12-year-old boy
People gathered in droves to watch the two men who had dragged the 12-year-old boy into their home and sexually assaulted him in May 2018.
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Two pedophiles from Yemen, Wadah Refat and Mohamed Khaled, marched at gunpoint as they walked through a mob who was awaiting a public execution in the port city of Aden. The accused, 28-year-old Refat and the 31-year-old Khaled were sentenced to death in public for abducting, raping and murdering a 12-year-old boy, Mohammed Saad. People gathered in droves to watch the two men who had dragged Saad into their home and sexually assaulted him in May 2018. They were made to lie down on the ground with AK-47s pointed at them, and the gathered crowd cheered and recorded the event as the officials pumped the bullets into the accused men.
The events unfolded in an extremely mortifying manner. As the boy was playing near his house in the district of Al Basatin, the two men overpowered him and dragged him inside their house, where they raped him. Court documents attributed to El Mundo state, "After the rape, they could not silence the cries of the child who begged for help, one of them grabbed a knife and cracked his neck." Reportedly, there were two more people involved, a 33-year-old woman who happened to be their relative and another person who was sentenced to two years of imprisonment.
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The woman was charged with helping the men dismember the boy's body, but her execution has been postponed considering she is pregnant. Death sentences in Yemen are applied for any crime that causes a threat to human life and dignity, such as murder, aggravated murder, rape not resulting in death, and also consensual sexual relations between adults of the same sex. These death sentences are usually carried out by a firing squad, however, in a few cases such as sodomy, the sentences are carried out by stoning, hanging and beheading. The executions have been condemned by Human Rights Watch director, Sarah Leah Whitson.
Whitson states, " Public execution is an even more grotesque violation of human rights, particularly in a country where the ability of the accused to obtain adequate legal representation and the coverage of the process is highly limited.” Yemen is run under the Sharia law which serves as the basis for all legislation in the country. As the law includes action against capital crimes such as murder, rape or terrorism or in cases of "Hudud" offenses under Sharia law such as adultery, sexual misconduct, sodomy, prostitution, blasphemy, and apostasy, only last year about three pedophiles were publicly shot and hanged from cranes after brutally raping and killing a 10-year-old boy.