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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.

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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.

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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.

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Al-Kabir had pleaded guilty to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed after a brawl, the ministry of interior said.