Saudi Arabia executes Pakistani for drug trafficking

Mohammed Sharif was arrested while attempting to smuggle heroin into the country hidden in his stomach

Afp August 30, 2015

RIYADH: Saudi authorities executed a Pakistani man on Sunday for attempting to smuggle drugs into the ultra-conservative kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Up to 129 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year, including the latest execution, compared with 87 for the whole of 2014, according to AFP tallies.

Mohammed Sharif was arrested while attempting to smuggle heroin into the country hidden in his stomach, the ministry said in a statement published on the SPA state news agency.

He was executed in the Quwaiya district, near Riyadh.

Read: Heroin smuggler: Saudi Arabia executes Pakistani

Most people sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded, but sometimes executions are carried out by firing squad.

Amnesty International on Tuesday appealed for a moratorium on executions in Saudi Arabia, criticising the kingdom's "deeply flawed judicial system".

Under Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic legal code, drug trafficking, murder, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by death.

Amnesty says Saudi Arabia is one of the world's most prolific executioners, along with China, Iran, Iraq and the United States.


Woz Ahmed | 6 years ago | Reply Anyone involved in drugs, deserves death, but we have to understand the desperation of our people, and the risks they will take. look how many are dying trying to smuggle themselves into Europe ! The picture above bothers me, look at the bystanders, was there nothing on TV , so you thought this was better entertainment ?
Just Human | 6 years ago | Reply why?
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