Shortage of religious executioners in Saudi pushes recruitment drive

Unlike many countries, there’s no shortage of work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As long as you don’t mind beheading people for a living.

Saudi Religious Police with swords

It’s all fun and games with the religious police.

With Amnesty International reporting at least 90 executions in 2014, Saudi Arabia is having to expand its ranks of religious executioners.

In the job advert posted on the Ministry of Civil Service website, the role is advertised as “executing a judgement of death”, but also states there may be the need to “perform amputations on those convicted of lesser offences.” The penalty of amputation, however, is rarely given by judges. According to Saudi lawyers it is considered “distasteful”. In for a penny, in for a pound, as they say.

No special skills or education are required for the post, opening it to any candidates. It did not, however specify if applicants must bring their own sword from home or if it was open to gap year students.