Saudi Arabia Executes Yemeni Man Who Attacked a Spanish Dance Troupe in Riyadh

A Second Suspect Was Sentenced to 12 ½ Years in Jail


Saudi Arabia has executed a man accused of attacking a Spanish dance troupe and wounding three people on stage last year in Riyadh.

The interior ministry announced the execution of the Yemeni man on Thursday. The man, who has since been identified as 33-year-old Emad Abdelqawi al-Mansouri, was sentenced to death in December, about six weeks after the attack.

On November 11, the Spanish troupe was performing on a stage at a park in Riyadh when a man stormed on stage with a knife.

The Specialised Criminal Court found al-Mansouri guilty on various charges including acting on the orders of a senior al-Qaeda leader in Yemen.

A second unidentified suspect accused of aiding and abetting the attacker and sending money to al-Qaeda in Yemen was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison.