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Saudi beheads Pakistani drug smuggler

06 February, 2014

RIYADH: Saudi authorities on Wednesday beheaded a Pakistani for smuggling drugs and a national for killing a compatriot, the Interior Ministry said, bringing the number of executions in the kingdom this year to nine.

Muhammad Asharaf Ramadan was caught attempting to smuggle into the kingdom an amount of heroin that he swallowed, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency. He was executed in Riyadh.

In another case, Saudi national Turki Ahmed al-Salami, was executed in the southwestern Asir region after he was convicted of shooting dead Salman Subaykhi, the ministry said in a separate statement. Saudi Arabia beheaded 78 people in 2013, according to an AFP count.

Last year, the UN High Commission for Human Rights denounced a "sharp increase in the use of capital punishment" since 2011 in the kingdom.

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