Saudi Arabia has reportedly executed 12 people in the last 10 days for drug-related offences. Most of them were foreign nationals.
Saudi Arabia executed 81 convicted criminals in a single day in March this year.
By India Today Web Desk: Saudi Arabia has reportedly executed 12 people in the last 10 days for drug-related offences. Some of them were beheaded with swords, a report said.
Twelve people have been executed after being jailed on non-violent drug charges and include three Pakistanis, four Syrians, two Jordanians and three Saudi nationals, the Telegraph reported.
In March this year, Saudi Arabia executed 81 people convicted of murder and various crimes involving militant groups in the largest mass execution carried out by the kingdom in its modern history.
The new wave of executions in recent days comes nearly two years after Saudi Arabia promised to reduce such punishments. It came in the wake of the 2018 killing of US journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, allegedly by a Saudi death squad ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Also in 2018, the Saudi administration attempted to reduce the death penalty to only those convicted of murder or manslaughter.