SAUDI ARABIA: FIVE PRISONERS BEHEADED FOR MURDER, DRUG TRAFFICKING
August 3, 2015: Saudi Arabia beheaded five prisoners between July 29 and August 3, bringing to 110 the total number of executions this year, according to the interior ministry.
On July 29 Saudi Arabia beheaded two of its nationals for murder and a third for drug trafficking.
Saudi national Turki al Diaini, convicted of shooting dead another Saudi, was put to death in Riyadh, while Sharie al-Jineibi was executed in southwestern Asir region for a shooting death.
The third man, Mansour al Roali, was beheaded in the northwestern region of Jawf for trafficking in amphetamines.
On July 30, Saudi Arabia beheaded a Syrian for drug trafficking, the interior ministry announced.Â
Qassem Mohammed al-Hilal had been convicted of importing a "large amount of amphetamine pills" into the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, said a ministry statement carried by state news agency SPA.
On August 3, Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens convicted of murder. Mugrib al-Thanyan was executed in Eastern Province after being found guilty of shooting dead another Saudi after a dispute, the ministry of interior said in a statement. (Sources: Afp, July 29 and 30, 2015; August 3, 2015)