Saudi Ara­bia ex­e­cutes 3 Ira­nian drug traf­fick­ers

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

RIYADH: Saudi Ara­bia yes­ter­day ex­e­cuted three Ira­ni­ans con­victed of drug traf­fick­ing, the in­te­rior min­istry said, bring­ing to 145 the num­ber of death sen­tences car­ried out in the king­dom this year. The three con­victs had at­tempted to “smug­gle a large amount of hashish by sea” into Saudi Ara­bia, the min­istry said in a state­ment pub­lished on the of­fi­cial SPA news agency. They were ex­e­cuted in the east­ern port city of Dam­mam, it said. Saudi ex­e­cu­tions are usu­ally car­ried out by be­head­ing with a sword.

Ac­cord­ing to AFP tal­lies, their cases bring to 145 the num­ber of lo­cals and for­eign­ers ex­e­cuted in the con­ser­va­tive Is­lamic king­dom this year, com­pared with 87 in 2014. Rights ex­perts have raised con­cerns about the fair­ness of tri­als in the king­dom. Lon­don-based Amnesty In­ter­na­tional says Saudi Ara­bia had the world’s third-high­est num­ber of ex­e­cu­tions last year, far be­hind China and Iran, but ahead of Iraq and the United States. Un­der the king­dom’s strict Is­lamic le­gal code, mur­der, drug traf­fick­ing, armed rob­bery, rape and apos­tasy are all pun­ish­able by death. —AFP

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