A driver who killed two bystanders while performing a stunt has received a death sentence from Saudi Arabian authorities. The driver, known as Mutannish in court records, will be beheaded.

His death has not yet been scheduled. Mutannish had been engaged in the Saudi pastime of drifting, making his car spin and skid at high speeds, when he lost control and plowed into a crowd of men. The practice is also known as hagwalah, and also can include purposely driving in the wrong direction. The video above shows an example of the practice.

Mutannish fled the scene and was later arrested, reported the Saudi newspaper Al Watan.

In a similar case, a driver who killed three while drifting was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005. But the thrill-seeking problem is growing, and many in the Saudi kingdom read Tuesday's harsher sentence as a warning to others.

In its formal report, the court of Onaiza, which handed down the sentence, authorities wrote that beheading was a suitable punishment "for his heinous deed and to deter others who tamper with the nation's security."


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      dylanlewis89
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is what should happen to the streetracers in the US imo. you kill a family with your antics? face immediate death. you have no respect for the lives of others. and we'll return the favor.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like a reasonable approach to an uncaring killer.
      xraybrain
      • 2 Years Ago
      lets not rush to judgement, lets not lose our heads about this
      • 2 Years Ago
      sounds just-too bad he cant be beaheded twice...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Animals!
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a lowlife, shitty and ****** culture. After the accident, so many scamper like cockroaches; apparently they are or feel guilty about something. Amazingly, our Lord lived in and visited among these middle eastern cultures. No wonder, they need about the most serious help.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I LIKE this sentence-maybe if they did that to the drunks that are mowing down people on the sidewalks there wouldn't be a problem!
      sggoods
      • 2 Years Ago
      The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. ~Thomas Jefferson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't you guys know that their answer to everything is 99% DEATH!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      im not praising capital punishment, but in this particular case i think it does fit the crime since this is NOT and "accident". I like how people like to cal this type of s**t "accidents", like the f***ing idiots that cut me off all the time while on my motorcycle because texting their f***ing girlfriend or boyfriend. I believe that if you kill someone in self defense or protecting your family, youre doing the right thing and should not be punished, but if you do stupid s**t like this knowing you can hurt or kill someone and you still choose not to stop, then you deserve your head cut off. It's not f***ing rocket science people. Some people might say: "Well, what about a second chance?" I say: think about the pain of those who suffer the loss of a loved one, they won't raise back from the dead, will they? Even so, there have been cases where the families of the deceased one forgives the person who killed them if they see that the cause was purely accidental, like engine failure or tire or brake failure, because these things can and do happen, but other than that, if you knew what you were doing was wrong and yet you chose to do it, then you must pay for it, like the idiot in this article.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was hoping this was a news story from the US, but I knew better. START YOUR FAMILY TREE w/ ME! http://fiverr.com/tn5rr2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, pro cyclist Jorge Alvarado is mowed down in San Bernardino County by a kid street racing, who ended up getting 90 days in jail.
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