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Four Saudis beheaded for drug trafficking

Published on Aug 19, 2014 1:40 AM

RIYADH (AFP) - Four Saudi men were decapitated by the sword in Najran in the southwest of the Gulf kingdom on Monday after being convicted of drug trafficking, the interior ministry said.

Brothers Hadi and Awad al-Motleq and their accomplices Mufarraj and Ali al-Yami were found to have smuggled "a large quantity of hashish" into the country, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Rights watchdog Amnesty International denounced in a statement what it called a "disturbing surge" in the use of the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

"The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions," it said, adding that the executions of the two sets of brothers came "reportedly on the basis of forced confessions extracted through torture".

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