Pakistani expat beheaded in Saudi for drug trafficking

Published:  1 Jan at 10 AM
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A Pakistani expat has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of heroin smuggling, announced authorities from the kingdom.

Sadruddin Saeedullah Khan, who became the 13th Pakistani to be executed for drug smuggling in Saudi Arabia since mid-October, was beheaded in the province of Makkah on Wednesday. The Interior Ministry said that the prisoner was apprehended with a large amount of heroin.

AFP states that there were 87 executions in total in the country in 2014. Murder, rape, armed robbery and apostasy are all also punishable by death.

Saudi authorities have seized nearly 18 kilograms of heroin in the Islamic calendar year, which ends in October, as well as other drugs, including high amounts of amphetamine, the ministry said.

Saudi Arabia has become an increasingly lucrative market for illegal drugs in recent years, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
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