Saudi Arabia set for record number of executions in 2019
SAUDI Arabia is on course for a record number executions 2019 if the killings continue at the present rate.
The desert kingdom has already reportedly 43 people in the first three months of this year – the most recent being a Syrian man who was put to death on March 13 for smuggling amphetamine pills.
If this rate continues , 172 will have been put to death by the end of the year, it was reported.
The record for the number of executions carried out by Saudi Arabia was 158, according to human rights advocates Amnesty International.
Of those executed this year, 21 were reportedly for drugs offences.
But other crimes which carry the death penalty include adultery, renouncing Islam, treason, espionage, burglary as well as murder, terrorism, rape or espionage.
Beheading remains the most common form of execution and the sentence traditionally carried out in a public square on a Friday after prayers.
Deera Square in the centre of the capital Riyadh is known locally as “Chop Chop Square”.