Saudi beheads Pakistani, 84 executions in 2015

He was executed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, guilty of attempting to traffic heroin


Afp May 17, 2015
Amnesty International ranks Saudi Arabia among the world's top three executioners of 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani sentenced to death for drug smuggling on Sunday, bringing to 84 the number of executions in the ultra-conservative kingdom this year, the interior ministry said.

Iftikhar Ahmed Mohammed Anayat was found guilty of attempting to traffic heroin into the kingdom in balloons concealed in his stomach, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

He was executed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

The ministry has cited deterrence as a reason for its use of the death penalty despite criticism from human rights watchdogs.

London-based Amnesty International ranked Saudi Arabia among the world's top three executioners of 2014.

READ:Saudi Arabia beheads 80th person this year

On a visit to Riyadh this month, French President Francois Hollande said capital punishment "should be banned", and his country is campaigning around the world for its abolition.

Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict version of Islamic sharia law.

COMMENTS (22)

Saleem | 7 years ago | Reply Religion of peace
Toba Alu | 7 years ago | Reply @Demolition Woman: No not Henry VIII, although he had Anna Boleyn beheaded in 1542 after falsely accusing her of adultery. But he had it done in Towr Green, not in public, as in the above picture. Make another guess, starts with I......
VIEW MORE COMMENTS
Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read