Riyadh: A Pakistani man convicted of drug trafficking has reportedly been beheaded in Saudi Arabia.
According to the state-run media, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that Zohur Hussain Mohammad Sadeq was found guilty of smuggling heroin into the country.
The latest beheading brings to 31 the total number of executions in the conservative kingdom so far this year, The Gulf News reports.
According to the report, nearly 76 people were beheaded in 2011, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.
The death penalty in Saudi Arabia applies to a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking, and murder.
First Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012, 12:08