Merciless Saudi beheads 76th person for drugs

Hanging of a prisoner

Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded a Syrian man convicted of smuggling drugs to the ultra-conservative kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Syrian national Hasan Mahmud al-Bash was executed in the northern province of Jawf, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Bash was arrested while attempting to traffic “a large amount of narcotic capsules,” the ministry added.

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His beheading brings to 76 the number of executions carried out in Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AFP count.

In 2012, the country carried out 76 executions, according to a tally based on official figures.