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Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani drugs smuggler

Riyadh, Tue, 31 Jan 2012 ANI

Riyadh, Jan 31 (ANI): Saudi Arabia has beheaded a Pakistani man who was arrested for trying to smuggle drugs into the kingdom, the interior ministry has said.


"Salman Khan Taj Mohammad, a Pakistani... was arrested as he was caught smuggling a large amount of heroin" into the country, the Gulfnews quoted the ministry, as saying in a statement.


He was interrogated and convicted of drug smuggling, a crime punishable by death according to the kingdom's laws.


Reports have suggested that the man was beheaded in Dammam in eastern Saudi Arabia, bringing to five the number of Saudi executions carried out so far in 2012.


The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced alarm this month over the increase in executions in Saudi Arabia last year.


Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty for a wide range of offences, including rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking.


At least 76 death row inmates were executed in 2011, while Amnesty International said the kingdom executed 79 people last year. In 2010, 27 people were reportedly executed. (ANI)



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