Saudi beheads 8th Pakistani since mid-October

Golajan is the latest of 73 people, foreigners and Saudis, to be executed in the kingdom this year

Afp November 25, 2014

RIYADH: A Pakistani on Tuesday became the eighth person from the country to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking since mid-October.

Seyfour al Rahman Golajan is the latest of 73 people, foreigners and Saudis, to be executed in the kingdom this year, according to an AFP tally.

He "was caught trying to smuggle a large quantity of heroin hidden in his gut into the kingdom", an interior ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Golajan was executed in the Eastern Province city of Dammam.

The ministry says the government is battling narcotics "because of their great harm to individuals and society".

According to the Ansar Burney Trust, as many as 50 Pakistanis face capital punishment in the Kingdom for transporting drugs.

In September, an independent expert working on behalf of the United Nations expressed concern about the judicial process and called for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

The oil-rich Gulf state saw the third highest number of executions in the world last year after Iran and Iraq, according to Amnesty International whose figures did not include China.


A.Monem | 8 years ago | Reply

I support capital punishment for certain crimes like rape, murder, drugs smuggling; but at the same time i feel that there should be a systematic judicial process towards the verdict with access to lawyers etc. China has a similar punishment process and so do several south asian countries. A strict punishment that is unilateral to all irrespective of colour, cast or religion should be exercised. The article clearly states that this is the 8th Pakistani out of 73 executions this year, hence the other 65 must be of different nationalities including saudis and arabs, this is not being biased towards certain people however certain people tend to commit those crimes the most. we are to blame that we cannot control our borders and what we export. Having said that no one can guarantee how a certain individual will react when shown the green for smuggling drugs in their gut, is it out of desperation or the persons consent? its his own decision.

Deepak | 8 years ago | Reply

A south Asian supporting Arab for execution, what about legal counsel? Can human life become so cheap just because he doesn't hail from a powerful country like US?

And @Musawer will Saudis have guts to execute someone from say Russia, its high time that Saudis stop beheading, give him hard punishment but not execution. And I am sure every sane human feels this way

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