Saudi Arabia executes Pakistani heroin smuggler

Published: July 31, 2015


Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a convicted Pakistani heroin trafficker, adding to a sharp increase in executions this year.

Shah Faisal Azeem Shah was found guilty of smuggling the drugs hidden in his body, the interior ministry said in a statement reported by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Authorities carried out the sentence against him in the capital Riyadh.

The kingdom resumed executions last week after a pause for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan and the subsequent Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Read: In the last six months, Pakistan has executed more people than Saudi Arabia

Shah’s case brings to 109 the number of beheadings this year in the kingdom, which rights group Amnesty International says is one of the world’s most prolific executioners.

The number of Saudis and foreigners put to death this year is up 125 percent from 87 during the whole of 2014, according to AFP tallies.

Under the conservative kingdom’s strict Islamic sharia legal code, drug trafficking, rape, murder, armed robbery and apostasy are all punishable by death.

Read: Hours before his execution death row convict pens moving essay

The interior ministry has cited deterrence as a reason for carrying out the latest punishment. It has also talked of “the physical and social harm” caused by drugs.

Rights experts have raised concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • khan
    Jul 31, 2015 - 7:43PM

    Execute all those who poison the inocent.
    They need no mercy.Recommend

  • Ponder
    Jul 31, 2015 - 10:27PM

    If only they didn’t have our one of the most respectable places. You are not respected by us for your oil. This was our citizen and he should’ve been handed over to us. Make this trial public instead of his execution. Our own government is a joke as well waisai.Recommend

  • saeed
    Jul 31, 2015 - 11:53PM

    The public execution doesn’t deter…first it horrifies and then decentralizes everyone watching the killing. No wonder ISIS and other fanatics are so cruel and barbarians. Recommend

  • ABK Ind
    Aug 1, 2015 - 12:11AM

    Sad to see Pakistanis creating trouble every whereRecommend

  • ABK Ind
    Aug 1, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Sad to see Pakistanis creating trouble every where which is very sadRecommend

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