Pakistani beheaded for drug trafficking in Saudi
A convicted Pakistani drug trafficker was beheaded by the sword in the Red Sea province of Jeddah.india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 20:46 IST
A convicted Pakistani drug trafficker was beheaded by the sword on Saturday in the Red Sea province of Jeddah, the Saudi interior ministry announced.
The ministry, in a statement quoted by state news agency SPA, said Nureddin ben Gholan Srur was found guilty of trafficking in heroin. The execution was carried out near the Muslim holy city of Medina.
His beheading brings to at least 37 the number of executions in Saudi Arabia this year. At least 83 were put to death in 2005 and 35 the year before.
Executions are generally carried out in public in the oil-rich kingdom, which applies a strict form of Islamic law. The death penalty is applied for murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking.
First Published: Dec 16, 2006 20:46 IST