Need a Job? Saudi Arabia is Looking for Eight Swordsmen to Keep up with Record Beheadings

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Looking for work and want to help out one of the U.S. government’s closest global allies at the same time? Well today might be your lucky day.

All you have to do is be willing to sever the heads of human beings accused of committing victimless crimes. No qualifications are necessary.

From the AFP:

Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014.

The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted from the usual entrance exams.

It said that as well as beheadings, the successful candidates would be expected to carry out amputations ordered by the courts under the kingdom’s strict version of Islamic sharia law.

Most executions are carried out by beheading, but a few are carried out by firing squad, stoning or crucifixion.

The vacancies were advertised on the ministry’s website in the “religious jobs” section.

The New York Times also reported on this tremendous employment opportunity, and provided some additional informations on some of the crimes that fall under Saudi capital punishment. We learn that:

Saudi Arabia’s justice system punishes drug dealing, arms smuggling, and murder and other violent crimes with death, usually by beheading in a public square.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia beheaded a man for a drug offense, making him the 85th person to be executed this year, according to a count by Human Rights Watch based on Saudi government statements. That is almost as many people as the country executed in all of last year, when 88 people were beheaded. Thirty-eight of this year’s executions, including the one on Sunday, were for drug-related crimes with no allegations of violence, according to Adam Coogle, a researcher with Human Rights Watch.

Here’s some more from the Saudi highlight reel:

Not ISIS – Saudi Arabia Prepares to Execute and Publicly Display Beheaded Body of Political Activist in “Crucifixion” 

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  1. there are plenty of jobs at the u.s. and state level as prison guards, public and private as well as parole officers. not just 8 jobs, but many many tens of thousands of jobs nation wide to deal with 2 million people in jails and 7 million on parole.

    let’s ask jeb bush and the bush family about their dealings with the saudis. i think that’s a good place to start rather than a few symbolic beheadings.

    after all, are we that much more civlized when we just condemned an alleged terrorist of 19 years age to death even when he couldn’t speak at his own trial JUST becuase we have a ridiculous lengthy 20 years appeals process that makes no sense accept as a torture mechanism for people rotting on death row….?

  2. Yes, but can women apply in Saudi Arabia?

  3. Perhaps they should use a headhunter to find the right candidates

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