Saudi Arabia executes Pakistani heroin smuggler

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a convicted Pakistani heroin trafficker, adding to a sharp increase in executions this year.

Shah Faisal Azeem Shah was found guilty of smuggling the drugs hidden in his body, the interior ministry said in a statement reported by the official Saudi Press Agency. Authorities carried out the sentence against him in the capital Riyadh.

The kingdom resumed executions last week after a pause for the holy month of Ramadan and the subsequent Eid-ul-Fitr holiday. Shah’s case brings to 109 the number of beheadings this year in the kingdom, which rights group Amnesty International says is one of the world’s most prolific executioners.