Saudi Arabia beheads 2 drug traffickers

2012-02-14 18:00

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded two men convicted of drug trafficking in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the interior ministry announced.

Mohammed Abdulmalik Ajaj, a Syrian, was arrested for smuggling "207 000 banned narcotic pills", the ministry said in a statement published on state news agency SPA.

He was beheaded in the northern province of Jawf.

Separately, the ministry said a Saudi, Hamad al-Yami, was beheaded in Jizan, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, for trafficking hashish.

The beheadings bring to eight the number of executions carried out in Saudi Arabia so far in 2012, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced alarm in January at the almost threefold increase in executions in Saudi Arabia last year.

Amnesty International said the kingdom executed 79 people in 2011.

In 2010, 27 people were executed, according to the UN, citing a report by Human Rights Watch.

Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty for a wide range of offences, including rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking.


  • Bomb - 2012-02-14 18:46

    ai, can we not apply that here????

  • Abongile Mbauli - 2012-02-14 18:56

    Those wacky muslims and their grim punishments. Truly Allah is merciful. . .

      Jameel - 2012-02-14 19:13

      Look at your own land before talking of mercy, you clearly have no idea how drugs destroys lives, look at Mexico, read news24 and you will find people being murdered in the dozens on a daily basis. Lets not talk about the people who prostitute themselves to accomadate the drug habits, im talking about males and females.

      Abongile Mbauli - 2012-02-14 19:22

      There is no justification for murder guy. If you're religious, what happened to the extending olive branches, helping your fellow man, turning the other cheek and etc.

      Jameel - 2012-02-14 19:47

      and self defence Abongile Mbauli

      Ruan Pretorius - 2012-02-14 19:53

      *SIGH* The irony sometimes escapes even the most dim-witted amongst us

  • Stewart - 2012-02-14 18:58

    thats excellent.bring that law here and half the prisons will be empty within 1 week

  • Ruan Pretorius - 2012-02-14 19:41

    WHAT?! They weren't South Africans? And we just built up such a good record the last couple of months. It surely seems like our Proudly! South African! Drug! Mules! are becoming like the Proteas - a bunch of chokers. It's just that they seem to drop the ball at the most crucial times. THIS IS A PARODY! Any reference to any drug mule of any country is purely coincidental and should be treated as such. Don't DREAD it or kill yourself trying to analyse it, just take a hit and laugh it off

  • Fanie - 2012-02-14 22:00

    with the exception of apostasy - all murderes of the soul(rapists, murderers, peadophiles, Hijackers armed robbers and drug traffickers) should meet the same fate

  • Michael - 2012-03-23 08:02

    This is shocking , in this day and age ,.. These were the times of Marie Antionette .are these people still so backwards .

  • Pete Mears - 2014-02-06 09:27

    That gives new meaning to the phrase 'die koppe gaan rol'. Harsh laws. I guess crime is pretty low with the prospect of having your head on a block. Interesting.

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