Baz Mohammed Gul Mohammed was found guilty of attempting to smuggle heroin by hiding it in his stomach.
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded another Pakistani convicted of drug smuggling, the interior ministry announced, bringing to 58 the number of executions in the conservative Muslim kingdom this year.
Baz Mohammed Ghul Mohammed was found guilty of attempting to smuggle a “large amount of heroin” by hiding it in his stomach, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency. He was executed in the Eastern Province city of Khobar, the ministry said.
The Gulf state beheaded 78 people last year, according to an AFP count. Last week, Pakistani Mohammad Yunus Mohammed Shoaib was also executed for “smuggling a large quantity of heroin into the kingdom inside his gut,” the ministry said.
A United Nations independent expert in September called for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty in Saudi Arabia. Christof Heyns, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has said Saudi trials “are by all accounts grossly unfair” and defendants often not allowed a lawyer. He said confessions were often obtained under torture.
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict version of shariah law.