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Saudi Arabia said to have executed 4 more in record year

Gulf kingdom has already executed more than 90 people this year, surpassing the total for the whole of 2014

Saudi Arabia said to have executed 4 more in record year

Saudi Arabia has reportedly executed another four people, after already surpassing the total for 2014.

The total so far in 2015 is already above 90, according to calculations by human rights groups, based on official government reports.

The recent executions include a Saudi citizen who was beheaded in the Eastern Province after having been convicted of murdering his wife, according to a Ministry of Interior statement.

Awadh bin Ali Al Rashidi was convicted of stabbing his wife, Mariam bint Eid Al Rashidi, to death with a knife to her neck, the ministry said.

An executed Syrian national was convicted of being involved in smuggling large quantities of banned amphetamine capsules.

Two Saudi drug traffickers also were executed for jointly smuggling and distributing drugs in the kingdom.

The escalation in the number of executions comes amid activists’ concerns that trials are not being conducted fairly.

Saudi Arabia was among the top five worst countries for executions in 2014, according to Amnesty International.