​S. Arabia beheads over 80 people in 2014, highest level in five years

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Saudi Arabia beheaded more than 80 people, a toll that brings the number of publicly announced executions to its highest level in five years.

The latest execution was a Pakistani man charged with drug smuggling.

An AP tally says that all in all 83 people have been beheaded, while AFP puts the number even higher – at 87.

On Wednesday Riyadh beheaded a Pakistani national for heroin smuggling. He became the 13th prisoner from Pakistan to be executed by Saudi authorities for drug-related crimes since mid-October. Drug smuggling convicts make up most beheading cases.

According to the country’s Interior Ministry, the Pakistani citizen Sadruddin Saeedullah Khan was caught smuggling “a large amount of heroin.”

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During the Islamic calendar year which ended in October, police seized almost 18 kilograms of raw heroin, the ministry added.

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