Mohammad Fayad Mohammad Azam was executed for heroin smuggling.
Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani for heroin smuggling, bringing to 10 the number of people from his country executed in the kingdom for drug trafficking since mid-October.
The sentence against Mohammad Fayad Mohammad Azam was carried out in the capital Riyadh, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. According to an AFP tally, Azam was the latest of 79 foreigners and Saudis executed in the country this year, despite international concerns over the number and judicial process.
More than two thirds of this year’s executions have occurred over the past four months. The interior ministry says the government is battling narcotics “because of their great harm to individuals and society.”
Rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are also punishable by death under the kingdom’s version of shariah law.