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Saudis execute six for drug trafficking, murder

RIYADH: Six people convicted of drug trafficking and homicide were executed in Saudi Arabia yesterday, the government said, the highest number of executions in a single day this year. A Pakistani citizen was executed for drug trafficking and five Saudi nationals for homicide, the interior ministry said. Yesterday’s executions bring to 44 the number of convicts put to death this year, according to an AFP tally of government statements. Ultraconservative Saudi Arabia 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. Saudi Arabia reported 153 people executed last year, a number confirmed by London-based rights group Amnesty International.

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