Saudi beheads murderers, drug trafficker
Saudi Arabia beheaded two of its nationals on Wednesday after they were sentenced to death for separate murders, the interior ministry announced.
Marwan Al Balawi was convicted of stabbing to death another Saudi, Saif Al Wabsi, during a dispute in Medina in the northwest, said a statement published by the official SPA news agency.
SPA also reported that authorities have beheaded Hussein Al Yami for having shot dead Hamad Al Jaafar in the southwestern district of Najran.
The executions bring to nine the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.
In 2012, the kingdom beheaded 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi law.
Drug trafficker beheaded
Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its nationals on Tuesday after he was convicted of drug trafficking, the interior ministry announced in a statement.
Musaed Al Ruweili was arrested as he tried to smuggle "a large number of narcotic pills into the kingdom," said the statement, cited by the official SPA news agency.
He was beheaded by the sword in the northern Al Jawf province.
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