Saudi Arabia Executes Seven People In One Day
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed seven death row inmates who had been convicted of murder and drug trafficking.
The ultra-conservative kingdom has one of the world's highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.
Two Saudi Arabian citizens and three nationals of Chad were executed after being sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of a Pakistani security guard, with the alleged intent of robbing the warehouse he was guarding.
Another Saudi Arabian was executed for murder after setting a man on fire.
A Lebanese national was executed for attempting to smuggle captagon into the kingdom.
Captagon, a drug popular among fighters in war zones, usually blends amphetamines, caffeine and other substances in pill form.
Tuesday's executions bring to 73 the total number of people put to death in the kingdom this year, according to a tally by AFP.
Saudi Arabia had the third highest execution rate in the world in 2017, after China and Iran, according to Amnesty International.
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