Rabat – Saudi Arabia has beheaded one of its own citizens convicted of drug trafficking on Monday.
The Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Press Agency (SPA) that the man known as Saleh al-Yami was beheaded in the southern province of Najran.
The man was convicted of smuggling an undisclosed amount of hashish and banned narcotic pills into the ultra-conservative kingdom. He was also found guilty of wounding several policemen during a confrontation.
According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world.
Saudi authorities have executed 57 people across the kingdom so far this year. In 2014, Saudi Arabia reportedly executed 87 people, compared with 78 in 2013.
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia.