RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ Two Thai men who had been convicted of drug trafficking were beheaded Saturday in Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said.

Kanok Bonsod Sai and Ansawan Song were executed in the western city of Jiddah after being convicted of smuggling hashish, the ministry said in a statement. It did not indicate the quantity of hashish.

Saturday's executions bring to at least 85 the number of people beheaded in the kingdom this year. At least 99 people were executed last year.

Executions are carried out with a sword in a public square. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islamic law which prescribes death sentences for murder, rape, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

The executions have been criticized by human rights organizations, which say Saudi Arabia often fails to give the accused fair trials.