SAUDI ARABIA: WIFE KILLER AND DRUG TRAFFICKER BEHEADED
June 2, 2015: Saudi Arabia beheaded a Saudi man convicted of murdering his wife, along with a Syrian drug smuggler, adding to a toll that activists called a "stain" on the kingdom's rights record.
Saudi national Awad al-Rasheedi was executed in the Gulf coast city of Dammam. "Because he had previous drug-related arrests and because he attacked the closest person to him, his wife, because taking a life is the biggest type of corruption on Earth and because he was drunk and under the influence of hashish at the time, he was sentenced to death," the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Syrian national Mohammed Abdul Hadi Ahmed, who had been convicted of trying to smuggle amphetamines into the kingdom, was also executed in the northern Jawf region, the interior ministry said.
The two beheadings bring the number of executions in Saudi Arabia this year to 92. (Sources: Agence France-Presse, 02/06/2015)