Saudi beheads Pakistani for drug trafficking

By AFP
Published: February 20, 2013
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Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict law. PHOTO: AFP

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict law. PHOTO: AFP

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded by the sword a Pakistani man convicted of drug trafficking, the interior ministry said.

Aqeel Khan Mohammed Riyad was convicted of attempting to smuggle heroin into the Muslim kingdom, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

He was beheaded in the capital.

His execution brings to 15 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.

In 2012, the kingdom executed 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. The US-based Human Rights Watch put the number at 69.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict law.

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  • Feb 20, 2013 - 11:09PM

    Accept the law of the land before doing any thing bad in a given country. This is one lesson from this news for every body.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Feb 20, 2013 - 11:43PM

    The Saudi paid extreamists and agencies are busy detroying pakistan should at least take this lesson from their masters by providing swift punishment to whoever is harming your country.

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  • Mj
    Feb 20, 2013 - 11:43PM

    @SHB:

    KSA does not employ modern courtroom procedures, does not have a written constituition, and does not give the accused the chance of mounting a defense. I would not trust their courts to prove that a traffic violation has taken place, let alone give them the power to have a person beheaded mercilessly.

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  • Ashamed
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:13AM

    @SHB:
    Do your views about Saudi laws apply equally to all countries of the world or, as I suspect, you have, in common with a vast majority of Pakistanis, a very soft corner for atrocious laws which prevail in Saudi Arabia?

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  • Yasin
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:21AM

    Waiting for sermons from Indians.

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  • kaalchakra
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:23AM

    SHB, also, justice swiftly and effectively delivered has a great deterrent effect. I love this aspect of Islamic justice. it is visible, clear, and appropriate.

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  • Terry
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:14AM

    @Mj:
    As there is no fair trial system in place, many innocent Pakistanis and Afghans were beheaded because they were carrying “Niswar”. A Pakistani whose sons was arrested was given a reprieve in his son’s sentence, but the father appealed for further reduction in the sentence to the higher court. the court doubled the original sentence. Every thing there depends on the mood of the judge.

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  • John B
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:14AM

    It is strange that this news appears at the heels of the opinion that glorified on the beauty of Islamic law which does not condone capital punishment and how forgiving it is and questioned why Azal Guru was sent to gallows instead of life imprisonment.

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  • gp65
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:34AM

    Death penalty itself is something that should be removed in civilized societies (and yes I know that apart from Pakistan, India, USA and CHina also have that). But BEHEADING? Ridiculous.

    @SHB: “Accept the law of the land before doing any thing bad in a given country. This is one lesson from this news for every body.”

    If the person gets due process in Saudi courts – yes. But if conviction can happen without the person having the right to defend, how do you know the person actually committed the crime he was charged with?

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  • Observer
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:40AM

    @Mj:

    KSA does have Sharia to guide its legal system. Don’t Muslims believe it is Allah’s law and therefore it is perfect?

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  • some-one
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:48AM

    Mj – Your comment is blasphemous. SA has HOLY QURAN as constitution. It applies GREATEST ISLAMIC LAW for JUSTICE.

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  • Arindom
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:50AM

    Sad….where are the Human Rights Brigade people crying hoarse over Kashmir?

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:55AM

    First of all dealing in narcotics/drugs is a illegal business than why people indulge themselves in such illegal business at the cost of their lives?

    Can’t people do some good and clean business in which they can earn ‘Halal Money’ and at same time earn good name for the country.

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  • Nitish
    Feb 21, 2013 - 3:14AM

    Now Hafiz saeed protest for it or he can only protest for the execution of afjal guru(killer of innocents)….Few days before i read about a pakistani woman who found guilty of supplying fake currency in india.Court awarded 2 and half yrs of jail as a punishment to her.she already completed her punishment. but she is not allowed to leave as custom depart. is asking for 4 and half lakh rupees as a penalty for providing her NOC. She is penniless.Now she again moved to court for her justice and hearing is going on.Such is india.We r proud that At least we r human.Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    Feb 21, 2013 - 3:37AM

    @kaalchakra:

    Thanks for appreciating this.

    A stitch in time saves nine ….

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  • Haider Ali
    Feb 21, 2013 - 3:59AM

    It is shameful that they are doing this to us when we are an Islamic Republic. Would they dare do this to USA or UK citizens? Why are Saudis pandering to Kaffir and killing Muslims?

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  • Chaigram
    Feb 21, 2013 - 5:52AM

    @SHB:
    Why doesn’t the same law applies to an American (or for that matter any western country)?

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 21, 2013 - 7:21AM

    As Sheikh Rasheed would say: There is always a face behind a case. There is always an importer or consumer behind a trafficker.

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  • Kirmani
    Feb 21, 2013 - 7:34AM

    @Chaigram:

    Maybe Americans are smart enough not to commit serious crimes in Islamic countries with Sharia law?

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  • a
    Feb 21, 2013 - 8:45AM

    What if Afia is punished in US for her deeds?

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  • zubair
    Feb 21, 2013 - 9:24AM

    I would love to see a Saudi being punished to death for rape and drug trafficking. Modern day Saudis are more criminal than Pakistanis but their laws are selectively applicable.

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  • John B
    Feb 21, 2013 - 9:43AM

    @Chaigram: @Haider Ali:
    “Why no Americans ….” because Islamic law favors only the rich and if I pay blood money, I can get away with any thing ?”

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  • Khan
    Feb 21, 2013 - 11:09AM

    @Mj:
    The modern judicial system is crap and only protects the criminals. The judicial system in KSA gives justice, everything is in the hand of the judge there. Have you ever met any of the judges appointed there? They are like angels in this big bad world. The most pious people you would ever meet, if you get a chance to meet them.

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  • Vivek
    Feb 21, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Islam is a beautiful religion, and the shariah is the perfect judicial system. I hope one day Pakistan implements shariah in it’s full glory like they do in Saudi Arabia. Mashallah!! That will the day to rejoice. Inshallah !! one day it will happen.

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  • Khan
    Feb 21, 2013 - 11:12AM

    @John B:
    You know very little about blood money. Blood money is only in the case when the victim (if alive) or his/her heirs (if victim got murdered) are agreed to it, it is purely in their hand unless it is proven that the assault was by mistake and was not intended. Get some knowledge of something before criticizing it.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Feb 21, 2013 - 11:16AM

    “Apostasy is a crime and is punishable by death”
    –And people wonder why Islamic societies always struggle with democracy. If a society cannot tolerate a different opinion, how can it possibly evolve and progress?

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  • Vivek
    Feb 21, 2013 - 11:17AM

    Islam is a beautiful religion, and the shariah is the perfect judicial system. I hope one day Pakistan implements shariah in it’s full glory like they do in Saudi Arabia. Mashallah!! That will the day to rejoice. Inshallah !! one day it will happen.Recommend

  • Amm
    Feb 21, 2013 - 11:18AM

    Remember Crime is Crime…Saudi Judicial System is far better than most of the other World’s…

    they did the right thing…for your kind info , this is due to the Strict Laws that they are living in peace and harmony(having the largest expat ratio in the world)…

    if anyone has any problem with the laws…they must not go to KSA…

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  • Mj
    Feb 21, 2013 - 11:21AM

    @Observer:
    And therein lies the problem.

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  • Shah
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:08PM

    @Observer: are you sure its strictly Allah’s law the Saudi follows?

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  • Enlightened
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:12PM

    Such primitive laws are not desirable in the present day world but each country has the right to follow its own judicial system which cannot be challenged by others. However, such a harsh law should be made applicable in rarest of the rare cases namely for those indulging in terrorism and sectarian violence, killing innocent people and where law of the land had completely failed to prosecute them. Pakistan is a fit case for implementation of such a law as conviction of terrorists and sectarian killers is almost negligible with the present judicial system and the country is almost on the brink.

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:23PM

    @Khan
    “@John B:
    “..You know very little about blood money. Blood money is only in the case when the victim (if alive) or his/her heirs (if victim got murdered) are agreed to it, it is purely in their hand unless it is proven that the assault was by mistake and was not intended. Get some knowledge of something before criticizing it…”

    So why be angry about american ‘diplomat’ Raymond Davis paying blood money and getting away?

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  • Milind
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:49PM

    @kaalchakra – “SHB, also, justice swiftly and effectively delivered has a great deterrent effect. I love this aspect of Islamic justice. it is visible, clear, and appropriate.”

    Appearsl you’ve never been at the receiving end of a flawed trial and miscarriage of this kind of justice in your life.. No wonder you love it…

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  • Vivek
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:35PM

    @shah,

    YES.

    Muhammad bin Saud and Muhammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab concluded an agreement that they thought would bring the Arabs of the peninsula back to the “true” principles of Islam as they saw it. As the first step towards achieving this goal, they have implemented the shariah. Adherents to the Wahhabi movement take their theological viewpoint with an aspiration to assimilate with the beliefs of the early Muslims, which over a period of time got corrupted. So, whatever they have done so far is for the greater good of the ummah. Pakistan should adopt the practices quickly to truly become a beacon of light for the ummah. Inshallah. This should happen quickly.

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  • Khan
    Feb 21, 2013 - 2:51PM

    @Vivek:
    MaashaaAllah, great to see some Salafi brothers here. Its sometime extremely irritating reading these modernist’s views but keep patience brother, may Allah reward you.

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