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05 December 2023

Saudi executes Pakistani drug trafficker


Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man on Tuesday after he was convicted of smuggling drugs into the kingdom, the interior ministry announced.

Zufar Iqbal Mohammed Khan was arrested as he was smuggling a large amount of heroin into the kingdom, said a statement carried by the SPA news agency.

He had admitted to the allegations during interrogation and was executed on Tuesday in Riyadh, becoming the 78th person to be executed in the kingdom this year, according to an AFP count.

In 2012, Saudi Arabia carried out 76 executions, according to a tally based on official figures. Amnesty International put last year's figure at 79.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the nation's Sharia law.