Saudi beheads drug trafficker

January 29, 2013 - 2:46:42 pm
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its nationals 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.

The execution brings to seven the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.

In 2012, the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom beheaded 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. The US-based Human Rights Watch put the number at 69.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict version of sharia, or Islamic law. (AFP)