SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Saudi Arabia has beheaded a Turkish man convicted of drug trafficking, amid rising concerns about the growing number of executions in the country.
The man known as Ali Agridas was executed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Thursday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Agridas had been sentenced to death after being convicted of receiving a “large amount of drugs,” the ministry noted.
His execution brings to 70 the number of people beheaded in the kingdom so far this year.
Saudi Arabia, with one of the highest rates of executions in the world, has frequently been criticized by human rights organizations.
Amnesty International has warned that Saudi Arabia “resumed executions at an alarming pace,” expressing concern over the possible execution of dozens of prisoners on death row.
The prominent rights group has lashed out at the Saudi regime for what it describes as the dire human rights situation in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia, ruled by a hereditary royal system, enjoys full support of its close ally, the United States.
In July, then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, censured Saudi Arabia for harassing human rights activists under a failed judicial system.
Saudi Arabia carries out capital punishment mostly by beheading.
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the Saudi rule.