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Saudi: Expat with coronavirus could face death penalty for spitting in shopping trolleys

March 27, 2020 at 11:27 am

Shopping carts [Flickr]

The Saudi public prosecution said on Wednesday that an expatriate worker could face the death penalty for intentionally spitting on shopping carts in a mall last week despite knowing that he has the coronavirus, reported Gulf News.

The public prosecution said in a statement that authorities are investigating the person who was arrested a few days ago for intentionally spitting on shopping carts in a store in Baljurashi Governorate in the Al-Baha region to spread coronavirus.

The prosecution explained that the expat could face the death penalty because his actions amount to first-degree murder.

The man and three other expats were arrested last Friday in the Hail region of northwest Saudi Arabia.

Two people have died of COVID-19 in Saudi, officials figures state, and there have been 900 confirmed cases.

The country is under a nationwide curfew and movement between the 13 regions in the kingdom in banned.

Schools and universities have been closed and congressional prayers at mosques banned.

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