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Saudi Arabia has already carried out twice as many executions this year as it did in 2021

The latest execution was that of a Jordanian national convicted of smuggling amphetamine tablets, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.  The case marked 138 total executions for the year, up from 69 last year, according to the AFP tally

Saudi Arabia has already carried out twice as many executions this year as in 2021 with 138 criminals killed

  • Statistic highlights rise in activity condemned by rights groups
  • AFP count notes there were 69 executions last year
  • The last execution was that of a Jordanian national convicted of drug trafficking

Saudi Arabia executed twice as many people in 2022 as last year, according to an AFP tally, pointing to an increase in the death penalty handed down by rights groups.

The latest execution was that of a Jordanian national convicted of smuggling amphetamine tablets, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

The case marked 138 total executions for the year, down from 69 last year, according to the AFP tally.

27 death sentences were carried out in 2020 and 187 in 2019.

The latest execution was that of a Jordanian national convicted of smuggling amphetamine tablets, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.  The case marked 138 total executions for the year, up from 69 last year, according to the AFP tally

The latest execution was that of a Jordanian national convicted of smuggling amphetamine tablets, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday. The case marked 138 total executions for the year, up from 69 last year, according to the AFP tally

The milestone comes a week after Saudi Arabia announced it had executed two Pakistani nationals for heroin trafficking, the first time the death penalty has been handed down for drug-related crimes in nearly three years.

Amnesty International has condemned the resumption of executions for drug-related crimes, which runs counter to a Saudi moratorium on executions for such cases announced in January 2021.

“The lives of those sentenced to death for drug-related and other crimes are at risk,” Amnesty said in a statement last week.

“No matter what crimes are committed, no one should suffer this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

Ten drug-related executions were reported last week.

Saudi Arabia announced a week ago that it had executed two Pakistani nationals for smuggling heroin, the first time the death penalty has been handed down for drug-related crimes in nearly three years.  Amnesty International has condemned the resumption of executions for drug-related crimes

Saudi Arabia announced a week ago that it had executed two Pakistani nationals for smuggling heroin, the first time the death penalty has been handed down for drug-related crimes in nearly three years. Amnesty International has condemned the resumption of executions for drug-related crimes

Reports did not provide details on how these executions were carried out, but the wealthy Gulf kingdom has often carried out death sentences by beheading.

Saudi Arabia sparked an international outcry in March when it executed 81 people in a single day for terrorism-related offences.

The conservative kingdom is not the only country in the region to impose the death penalty.

Neighboring Kuwait put seven people to death for murder on Wednesday, the first executions since 2017.

On Thursday, Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the executions in Kuwait were “worrying” and “a deeply regrettable setback by the Kuwaiti authorities”.

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