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.

AFP

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