june 13, 2012 Source: Decca chronicle
Saudi authorities beheaded 2 of its nationals and a Syrian on Tuesday after convicting them of drug trafficking, the interior ministry said.
Massud al-Dossari, Daij al-Dossari and Syrian Ahmed Balji Oghlu were executed in the Hasa region of the Eastern Province, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.
The trio were arrested when Oghlu was delivering drug capsules to the 2 Saudi men, it said, without specifying the type of the narcotic.
Their beheadings bring to 35 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year, according to reports.
At least 76 people were beheaded in 2011, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.
The death penalty in Saudi Arabia applies to a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery, homosexuality and drug trafficking, as well as murder, as stipulated by Islamic sharia law.