Pakistani national executed in Jeddah for smuggling narcotics

The man was executed on Sunday for smuggling heroin into the kingdom

A Pakistani national has been executed in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah for smuggling narcotic drugs.

The kingdom’s interior ministry said that Abdul Latif Nour Mohammed was executed on Sunday for smuggling “a quantity of narcotic heroin”, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The ministry said that the accused was convicted by the court with the sentence endorsed by the appeal and supreme courts. A royal order was issued to execute the sentence.

It reiterated that the Saudi government is “keen on combating narcotics due to their great harm to individuals and the society”, and warned violators of punishment according to Sharia law.

The kingdom’s laws on drug smuggling are among the strictest in the world and it has carried out multiple executions of those convicted of the crime.

Last week, a Nigerian national, Abu Duraimi Oyida Ajibula, was executed in Madinah for smuggling cocaine in his intestines.

Those executed in the kingdom for drug smuggling last year include five Saudi nationals, four Pakistani nationals, three Yemenis, Two Egyptians, one Syrian national and a Palestinian national.