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Labor Shortage in Saudi Arabia: “Official Swordsmen”

Good news: Saudi Arabia may be doing away with executions by beheading. A committee made up of representatives of the interior, justice, and health ministries is reportedly considering getting rid of the Kingdom’s notorious punishment of death-by-swordsman in favor of firing squads, says Ahram Online.

The bad news is that the committee isn’t considering the switch out of any new-found progressive spirit coursing through the Kingdom:

“This solution seems practical, especially in light of shortages in official swordsmen or their belated arrival to execution yards in some incidents; the aim is to avoid interruption of the regularly-taken security arrangements,” the committee said in a statement.

However the committee decides, one sympathizes with their plight. Swordsmen are notoriously unreliable. And who wants to keep the condemned waiting? That would be inhumane.

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