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August 25 2008 | SAUDI ARABIA

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Two Pakistanis executed for drug smuggling. The number of executions since the starting of this year is 68 as far

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Deux Pakistanais exécutés en Arabie saoudite pour trafic de drogue

RYAD, - Deux Pakistanais, condamnés à mort pour trafic de drogue, ont été décapités au sabre jeudi à Dammam, dans l'est de l'Arabie saoudite, a annoncé le ministère saoudien de l'Intérieur.
Shirzada Sahib Zada a été reconnu coupable d'avoir introduit dans le royaume de l'héroïne et Yusuf Khan Noor Muhammad, a été condamné pour avoir réceptionné la drogue et commencé à l'écouler, selon un communiqué du ministère cité par l'agence officielle spa.
Ces décapitations portent à 68 le nombre des exécutions annoncées en Arabie saoudite depuis le début de l'année.
Un record a été atteint en 2007 avec 153 exécutions, contre 37 en 2006. Le précédent record (113 exécutions) datait de 2000.
Le viol, le meurtre, l'apostasie, le vol à main armée et le trafic de drogue font partie des crimes passibles de la peine capitale dans le royaume ultraconservateur qui applique strictement la charia, ou loi islamique.
Les exécutions ont généralement lieu en public.

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