The SPA news agency reported that two Saudi citizens and three Chadian nationals were executed after being sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of a Pakistani security guard. The latter sought to rob the warehouse he kept. Another Saudi was beheaded for killing a man by firing at him.
In addition, a Lebanese was executed for attempting to smuggle Captagon pills into the kingdom. Captagon is a psychostimulant made from amphetamine and theophylline. It is very addictive and has become illegal in most countries since 1986.
These executions bring to 73 the number of people executed since the beginning of the year.
According to Saudi law, suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking are punishable by death.
In 2017, Saudi Arabia was the third country with the highest execution rate in the world after China and Iran, according to a report by Amnesty International. In 2015, 158 people including 71 nationals were executed.