Mediation to save neck of murderer fails

Mediation to save neck of murderer fails
Updated 07 July 2012

Mediation to save neck of murderer fails

Mediation to save neck of murderer fails

The attempts of more than 2,000 people including tribal chiefs and dignitaries from Al-Khurmah and other areas in Taif to save a murderer who has been on death row for 18 years have failed, local newspapers reported yesterday.
The son of the murdered man Faraj Al-Sibaie has refused to accept the diyyah (blood money) offered to save Awad Al-Harbi from beheading.
Al-Harbi shot his friend Al-Subaie in the head after they had a heated argument. He was convicted and then imprisoned at Taif general prison awaiting execution.
The son was only a few months old when his father was murdered. The execution had to be delayed until he turned 18 (which happened a few months ago) when he could decide whether to pardon Al-Harbi or not.
A delegation of tribal chiefs and dignitaries went to the victim’s family home where they were received by Sheikh Mashari bin Nasser Al-Subaie, chief of Al-Quraishat tribe, and other dignitaries from the Al-Khurmah region.
Sheikh Al-Subaie welcomed the delegation, thanking them and urged Al-Subaie’s family to pardon Al-Harbi.
He recited Qur’anic verses and the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) teachings demonstrating the importance of pardoning in Islam.
A number of tribal chiefs also asked the family to pardon the killer and accept the blood money.
The son refused and insisted Al-Harbi should pay for his crime.