Saudi executes two Yemeni hashish smugglers

Published February 17th, 2016 - 11:45 GMT
Beheading by sword is the most common form of execution in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
Beheading by sword is the most common form of execution in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)

AFP reports that Saudi Arabia executed two Yemenis convicted of drug smuggling on Wednesday. 

Ahmed Mubarak and Abdul Salam al-Jamali were convicted of smuggling hashish across the Yemeni border. They were executed in the border city of Jazan, according to AFP. 

Saudi Arabia's legal code follows a strict interpretation of Islamic law, making drug trafficking one of many crimes punishable by death in the country.

In the first seven weeks of 2016, Saudi Arabia has executed 62 people. In 2015, the country executed 153 people total. Amnesty International reports that last year's number was the highest amount of executions in Saudi in two decades - and 2016 is poised to overtake that number.

On January 2 of this year, Saudi executed 47 people convicted of "terrorism" ties - including popular Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr. His execution prompted international outrage, with Iranian protesters burning the Saudi consulate in Tehran. The UN formally denounced the cleric's execution.


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