SAUDI ARABIA: THREE YEMENIS BEHEADED, 83 EXECUTIONS IN 2015
May 13, 2015: Saudi Arabia beheaded three Yemenis for drug trafficking, bringing to 83 the number of executions in little more than four months, compared with 87 all of last year.
The condemned men, Eisa Ali Ahmed Hajri, Mohammed Ali Saifi and Majid Gasim al-Ahdal, were convicted of trying to smuggle hashish into the kingdom, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
They were executed in Jazan province which borders Yemen.
The ministry has cited deterrence as a reason for its use of the death penalty despite criticism from human rights watchdogs. (Source: Agence France-Presse, May 13, 2015)