Saudi Arabia beheads 83 people in 2014

A beheading in Saudi Arabia (file photo)

Saudi Arabia’s publicly announced beheading tally has reached its highest level in the last five years with 83 executions for 2014.

A Pakistani man was beheaded by Saudi authorities on Wednesday for smuggling “large quantities” of heroin into the kingdom, bringing an AP tally of execution announcements from the official Saudi Press Agency to 83.

Most of beheadings were in relation to drug smuggling.

According to London-based Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia has one the world’s highest execution rates. The group attributes 79 executions to the Kingdom in 2013 and 2012, and 82 in 2011 and 2010, and at least 69 executions in 2009.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery, and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the Saudi rule.

Saudi Arabia carries out capital punishment mostly by beheading.

By Press TV

 

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