Saudi reportedly beheads Pakistani drug mule

Man was caught attempting to smuggle heroin hidden inside his stomach into kingdom, the ministry says.

    Saudi reportedly beheads Pakistani drug mule

    Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man found guilty of smuggling drugs into the kingdom, the interior ministry said, according to AFP news agency.

    The man was caught attempting to smuggle heroin hidden inside his stomach, the ministry said on Wednesday in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

    He was executed in the city of Riyadh.

    His beheading brings to 38 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, according to an AFP news agency tally.

    In 2012, the kingdom executed 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. Human Rights Watch has put the number at 69.

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

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.