October 30, 2006

Beheadings Continue in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia on Sunday beheaded two foreign nationals - a Nigerian and an Afghan - on charges they smuggled heroin and cocaine into the country, the Interior Ministry said. Their execution in Riyadh, the capital, brought to 18 the number of people beheaded in the kingdom this year. The kingdom beheaded 83 people in 2005 and 35 people in 2004. Saudi executions are performed with a sword and in public as a deterrent.