JEDDAH – A Saudi citizen surprised everyone when he suddenly forgave his son’s killer just minutes before his execution, Khaleej Times reported on Saturday.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, the father can be seen arriving with a group of people at the site of the execution and pardoning the convict – in a proclaim – as he is about to be taken to the yard.

“The killer had spent two years in the jails of Aseer before he was sentenced to death by beheading”, the report added.

After the proclamation, a jubilant crowd can be seen carrying an old man on their shoulders, hailing the noble ‘humanitarian gesture’.