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Saudis Behead Two Drug Traffickers

September 17, 1999

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ Two drug smugglers, an Afghan and an Indian, were beheaded Friday, raising the number of executions in Saudi Arabia this year to 79, the Interior Ministry said.

Wali Dad Sayyed Ajan of Afghanistan and Ashraf Kabir of India were found guilty of smuggling heroin into the kingdom, the ministry said in a statement.

Both were executed in the western port of Jiddah.

Human rights groups have criticized Saudi executions, saying the condemned persons generally do not receive fair trials. Some 29 people were executed last year.

The kingdom’s Islamic courts impose death sentences for murder, rape, drug trafficking and armed robbery. Executions are usually carried out with a sword in public.

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