RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed a Pakistani nationwide on Thursday for smuggling medicine, taking to 86 the variety of individuals the dominion has put to demise this yr.
Shah Zaman Khan Sayyed had been discovered responsible of trying to smuggle heroin and amphetamines into the dominion, the Saudi inside ministry stated.
The sentence was carried out within the Riyadh area.
Most individuals put to dying in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword. The executions thus far this yr embrace forty seven for “terrorism” carried out in a single day on January 2.
Amnesty Worldwide stated Saudi Arabia had the third highest variety of executions final yr, no less than 158.
That was far behind Pakistan, which put to demise 326 individuals, and Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran, which executed no less than 977, stated Amnesty, whose figures exclude secretive China.
The dominion’s newest execution occurred simply hours earlier than US President Barack Obama arrived on an official go to.
The British human rights organisation Reprieve urged Obama to boost the case of three younger males on demise row who have been minors on the time of their arrests.
Amongst them is Ali al-Nimr, nephew of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was among the many forty seven individuals executed in January.
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