June 15, 2015 10:30 am -


The latest person to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia is a Syrian drug trafficker who is a national there.

The number of executions has surged in 2015 compared with the 87 recorded by AFP for all of last year. But it is still far below the record 192 which rights group Amnesty International said took place in 1995.

Syrian Ismael al-Tawm smuggled “a large amount of banned amphetamine pills into the kingdom”, said an interior ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

He was beheaded in the northern region of Jawf.

A separate statement said that Rami al-Khaldi was convicted of stabbing another Saudi to death and was executed in the western province of Taef.

Drug and murder convictions account for the bulk of executions in Saudi Arabia.

According to London-based Amnesty, use of the death penalty for other than the “most serious crimes” — premeditated killings — violates international law.



D.B. Hirsch
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7 responses to Saudi Arabia Beheads 100th Person This Year

  1. rg9rts June 15th, 2015 at 11:11 am

    They have a long way to go to match our local PDs which will pass 1000 shootings

  2. ValianThor June 15th, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Al- Watch your tenses.

  3. bpollen June 15th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Saudi exceptionalism! More proof that Amerikkka is in decline… we aren’t beheading enough.

    • F_cons June 15th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Stop! ISIL/ISIS (our creation) sliced heads, Arabia (has oil) took down the twin towers

  4. frambley1 June 15th, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    But they are an important ally of the US. When is President Obama going to hold hands with their new King?

  5. Will June 16th, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Muslim on Muslim work place violence.

  6. Bunya June 16th, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    We’re not any better. We brutally tortured detainees and we still euthanize (aka the death penalty). Even though lethal injection is rumored to be more humane, the end result is the same.