Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Beheadings of the new year in Saudi Arabia

"Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded a Syrian convicted of trafficking a large amount of narcotic pills, the interior ministry said, in the first execution in the kingdom this year.
Mohammed Darwish was arrested "as he was trafficking a large amount of narcotic pills into the kingdom," the ministry said in a statement carried by official news agency SPA.
He was beheaded in Al-Jawf province, in the kingdom's north.
Meanwhile, there are ongoing appeals advanced by Amnesty International to save Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker in Saudi Arabia, from execution for a crime she had allegedly committed at the age of 17, although her forged passport had said that she was 23 at the time."