Reform? Sanity? Retreat from Sharia? Not quite. These crucifixions may be postponed or even canceled since they've come to the attention of global human rights organizations, but the Saudis will keep crucifying people. How could they not, when this is written in the Quran? "The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom." -- Qur'an 5:33
"Saudi Arabia delays execution of seven facing crucifixion and firing squad," from the Associated Press, March 5 (thanks to Block Ness):
The executions of seven Saudis sentenced to death by crucifixion and firing squad have been postponed for a week.
A Saudi security official said King Abdullah would review the sentences. He met families of the seven on Sunday.
The official said the ruler of the south-western province of Asir, Prince Faisal bin Abdel Aziz, had ordered the postponement.
The seven were juveniles at the time they were arrested for armed robbery, a capital offence in Saudi Arabia. One told Associated Press by telephone from prison that they were tortured to force them to confess and denied access to lawyers.
Human rights groups had called on the Saudi government to cancel the executions.