Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed seven death row inmates who had been convicted of murder and drug trafficking,Two Saudi citizens and three Chad nationals were executed after being sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of a Pakistani security guard, with the alleged intent of robbing the warehouse he was protecting.
The kingdom has one of the world´s highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.
According to the state-run SPA agency, a Lebanese national was executed for attempting to smuggle Captagon pills into the kingdom.
Captagon is a psychostimulant which is made of a combination of amphetamine and theophylline. It is highly addictive, and became illegal in most countries in 1986.
It also makes users feel energetic and happy, which is why it has been dubbed “chemical courage.”
Suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking face death penalty.
Saudi Arabia carried out 153 executions across the kingdom in 2016. In the most stunning case of executions, Saudi Arabia executed on January 2 that year Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr along 46 other people in defiance of international calls for the release of the prominent Shia cleric.
Saudi Arabia carried out 158 executions, including 71 foreign nationals, in 2015.
Saudi Arabia has carried out nearly 600 executions since 2014, with over 200 as drug cases. Most of the rest were for murder, but also included other crimes such as rape, incest, terrorism, and “sorcery”.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, next in line to the throne, suggested the kingdom would consider changing the penalty from death to life in certain cases except murder.