JEDDAH – Police in Jeddah gave lashes to a prince of Saudi Arabia’s ruling Al-Saud family in prison as a court-ordered punishment, a Saudi newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The punishment, based on Sharia law, comes less than a month after the kingdom executed another prince for murder.
However, the brief report in Okaz daily did not disclose the offence for which he was being punished. The unidentified prince was also ordered to serve a prison sentence, the newspaper added.
The flogging was carried out by a policeman on Monday after medical checks to ensure the prince was healthy, according to the Saudi daily.
A spokesman for the oil-rich Gulf kingdom’s Justice Ministry was not immediately available for comment.
Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, a royal member of Al-Saud family was executed in Riyadh on Oct 19 for shooting dead a fellow Saudi, in first execution of a prince since the 1970s.
Al-Kabir had pleaded guilty to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed after a brawl, the ministry of interior said.