Saudi Arabia executes four more people

Under new King Salman, the kingdom has executed 114 people so far this year, compared to 87 for all of 2014
Saudi Arabia executes four more people
By Staff writer
Thu 06 Aug 2015 01:36 PM

Saudi Arabia executed four more people on Wednesday - two Ethiopians, a Pakistani and a Saudi.

Ethiopians Argawi Aldo Heilan Meriam and Hadish Zel Alam were convicted of bashing to death a fellow Ethiopian and robbing him, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

They were executed in the south-western Jazan region, it said.

In a separate case, Pakistani Esmat Sharif, who was found guilty of smuggling heroin in his body, was executed in Jeddah, the ministry said.

The Saudi, Mushasha Harisi, also was executed in Jazan after being convicted of shooting dead another Saudi, the ministry said.

The interior ministry said the men were sentenced to death as a deterrent to others.

The kingdom has executed – usually by public beheading - 114 people so far this year, compared with 87 for all of 2014, according to AFP tallies.

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