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Four People Beheaded For Drug Smuggling

January 27, 1995

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ Two Africans, a Pakistani and an Afghan were beheaded Friday after Islamic courts convicted them of drug smuggling, the Interior Ministry said.

Saudi Arabia is ruled by Islamic law, or Sharia, which prescribes beheadings for convicted murderers and rapists. The kingdom’s ulema, or Islamic theologians, extended that to drug smugglers in 1987.

Three of the four were executed in the port city of Jiddah. They were identified as Omar Mousa Ali of Chad, Tagdin Olaraina of Nigeria and Ahmed Balou Khan, alias Kamal Muwafaq, of Pakistan.

The fourth, Kul Nazr Shah Nazr of Afghanistan, was executed in the capital, Riyadh, the ministry said.

Beheadings are carried out in public squares, usually following Muslim sabbath prayers on Friday.

Three Filipinos were beheaded in Riyadh on Jan. 20 for killing a Saudi billionaire’s child and two of his Indonesian servants in a kidnapping for ransom. Another man, a convicted Saudi murderer in the kingdom’s northern province of Hail, was also beheaded earlier this month.