He was from one of the most prominent branches of the royal family after that of the direct descendants of King Abdulaziz, who founded the modern Saudi state in 1932. Most death penalties in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading in a public square. It was unclear how many people watched the execution of Prince Turki on Tuesday. This was a strict interpretation of Shariah law. “The greatest thing is that the citizen sees the law applied to everyone, and that there are not big people and other small people,” Abdul-Rahman al-Lahim, a prominent Saudi lawyer commented. Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s few remaining absolute monarchies. In 1975, when Prince Faisal bin Musaid was beheaded in Riyadh for assassinating King Faisal.