Three men have been executed in Saudi Arabia for smuggling drugs, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Saudi’s Ministry of Interior said in a statement that the Yemeni nationals – Yahya Ali Moussa A’ti, Ali Ibrahim Jibran Ahmad, and Shu’ei Issa Yousef Hajaji – were executed in Asir region on Tuesday.
They were found guilty of “smuggling a large quantity of cannabis and a quantity of narcotic Qat” into the kingdom.
The ministry said that the General Court convicted the accused, with the death sentence upheld by the Appeal and Supreme Courts. A royal order was also issued to execute the sentence.
In the statement, the ministry stressed that the government is keen on “combating narcotics due to their great harm to individuals and the society” and also warned that offenders will be punished according to Sharia law.
Saudi has very strict laws governing the smuggling of drugs into the country and has been cracking down on offenders.
In July, a Saudi national was also executed in the kingdom after he was found guilty of smuggling narcotics.
Hamed bin Salem Sulaiman Al-Huwaiti was executed in the Tabuk region for smuggling a “large quantity” of amphetamine pills into the kingdom.
Three Pakistani men who were found guilty of smuggling heroin into the country by ‘stuffing the drugs inside their bowels’ were also executed in April.
Also in April, two Egyptians were arrested in the Tabuk region after the Saudi border guards allegedly spotted them smuggling a “large quantity of narcotics” through a boat.