RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Wednesday executed a Syrian convicted of drug smuggling, bringing to 75 the number of locals and foreigners beheaded in the kingdom this year despite international concerns.
The sentence against Ridwan Awad Mohammed Awad was carried out in the city of Qurayyat near the border with Jordan.
He was caught trying to smuggle “a large amount” of amphetamine pills into the kingdom, added the statement on the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The interior ministry said this week that authorities had seized more than 41 million amphetamine tablets during the Islamic calendar year that ended in October.
It also said nearly 1,600 Saudis and foreigners were arrested for drug-related crimes between February and September.
The oil-rich Gulf state saw the third highest number of executions in the world last year after Iran and Iraq, according to Amnesty International whose figures did not include China.