Saudi Arabia beheaded on Thursday a Turkish man convicted of drug trafficking in Riyadh, the interior ministry said, in the latest execution in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom.
Ali Agridas was convicted of receiving a "large amount of drugs," the ministry said in a statement.
His execution brings to 70 the number of Saudis and foreigners
beheaded in the kingdom this year, according to an AFP count, compared
with 78 people in all of 2013.
Rape, murder, apostasy, drug trafficking and armed robbery are all
punishable by death under the kingdom's strict version of Islamic sharia
Moreover, Saudi judges have this year passed death sentences down to
five pro-democracy advocates, including prominent activist and cleric
Nimr al-Nimr, for their part in protests.