Another Pakistani beheaded for drug smuggling in Saudi Arabia

09 Jan 2015

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A Saudi was also beheaded for murder bringing the tally to six since start of January. – Reuters/file
A Saudi was also beheaded for murder bringing the tally to six since start of January. – Reuters/file

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani man convicted of drug smuggling and a Saudi for murder, the interior ministry said.

Their executions bring to six the number of people beheaded since the start of January in the conservative Muslim kingdom.

Also read: Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani heroin smuggler

Awida Utaibi was executed after a court found him guilty of murdering a relative, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Mohammad Shahbal of Pakistan was beheaded for smuggling heroin into the country. The drugs were found in capsules he had swallowed.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

Last year, Saudi Arabia executed 87 people, compared with 78 in 2013, according to an AFP tally.