KAMPALA, UG — Two Ugandan nationals who were ministering the word of God in Saudi Arabia have been executed by hanging for fornication.
The duo men of God used to minister in one of the largest churches in Uganda’s capital, Kampala before they left to the Arab country as freelance pastors.
The pastors whose names have been withheld for now pleaded guilty before a Sharia Court in Riyadh.
According to the presiding Judge Ibn Saud, foreigners are usually given a lighter sentence while putting in consideration their ignorance of the laws. “But these are pastors and even if we are to judge them by their own scriptures, it forbids fornication. They have to face the law just as it is.” Judge Ibn Saud added.
“There is no difference between what a person does regardless of his ethnic origin or affiliation, or what he believes. We deal with facts and criminal intent.”
Some were beheaded while others were shot by firing squad, Mansur al-Turki, Saudi interior ministry spokesman, said.
The men of God were charged with “Zina”, an Islamic law that forbids fornication.
The ladies involved pleaded not guilty and were freed because they were raped.
It has not yet been established if their bodies would be sent to their home country.