RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed a Pakistani national on Thursday for smuggling drugs, taking to 86 the number of people the ultra-conservative kingdom has put to death this year.
Shah Zaman Khan Sayyed had been found guilty of attempting to smuggle heroin and amphetamines into the kingdom, the interior ministry said.
The sentence was carried out in the Riyadh region.
Most people put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword.
The executions so far this year include 47 for “terrorism” carried out in a single day on January 2.
Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia had the third highest number of executions last year, at least 158.
The kingdom’s latest execution occurred just hours before US President Barack Obama arrived on an official visit.
The British human rights organisation Reprieve urged Obama to raise the case of three young men on death row who were minors at the time of their arrests.
Among them is Ali al-Nimr, nephew of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was among the 47 people executed in January.