Pakistani heroin trafficker executed in Saudi

By AFP
Published: October 27, 2015
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed a convicted Pakistani heroin smuggler Tuesday, bringing the number of people put to death this year to 138.

Nimat Allah Mola Baksh had been found guilty of smuggling the drugs inside his body, the interior ministry said in a statement.

He was put to death in the kingdom’s east.

Most Saudi executions are carried out by beheading with a sword, in what the ministry says is a deterrent.

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

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They also say the death penalty should not be applied in drug cases.

According to AFP tallies, Baksh was the 138th Saudi or foreigner put to death by the kingdom this year, compared with 87 in 2014.

London-based Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia had the world’s third-highest number of executions last year, far behind China and Iran, and ahead of Iraq and the United States.

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

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  • Hina
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:24PM

    Very brutal laws in today’s modern world, it’s not the cave man time any more but in Saudi Arabia it still is I assume. Shame on them for such horrific punishments and look at the royal heirs what they are doing around the world committing adultery, drinking, gambling exploiting women and when caught then running back to their mouse holes so big daddy can save them from aliens. Recommend

  • Stranger
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:46PM

    Err Did their princes just not get arrested elsewhere for carrying a heavy load of Drugs of all types ? So will those ‘boys ‘ too be killed or at least jailed once they return back home ? I have obviously missed something here … Recommend

  • Azi
    Oct 27, 2015 - 10:08PM

    @Stranger:

    Ofcorse not, dont you know that in SA like may other countries family members are above the law? I would love to see the prince get his head chopped off at the rate they do for other people but lets not kid ourselves with these gang of Hypocrites. Recommend

  • UFO
    Oct 28, 2015 - 12:04AM

    Drug problem can only be solved by making those legal and regulated. But it will never happen because there is too much money involved in drug trafficking. Have you ever heard of Saudis chopping the heads of suppliers or producers, but only the lowly creatures carrying a few packets knowingly or unknowingly?Recommend

  • Saleem
    Oct 28, 2015 - 2:19AM

    Saudi prince just arrested in Lebanon with a ton of drugs. He must be executed now but of course would not be. This is the saudi islam.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:51AM

    Who will punish the Prince who was accused of sex scandal and the other Prince who was arrested in Beirut for smuggling drugs. What says the Monarch of Saudis.Recommend

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