Saudi Arabia beheads Syrian for smuggling amphetamines

Published Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Saudi authorities beheaded a Syrian man on Tuesday after he was convicted of trafficking drugs into the kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Waleed Zeineddin was arrested while trafficking a large amount of amphetamine stimulant capsules that are listed as drugs in Saudi Arabia, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

His beheading in the northern Jawf region, brings to 67 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year, according to an AFP count.

In 2012, the US-backed Gulf autocracy carried out 76 executions, according to a tally based on official figures.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking, sorcery and witchcraft are all punishable by death under the oil-rich kingdom's medieval justice system.

(AFP)

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