Three Pakistanis executed by Saudi Arabia for smuggling heroin

Vastavam Web: Saudi Arabia today executed three Pakistani nationals convicted of smuggling heroin, bringing the number of executions in the kingdom to 26 this year.The state-run SPA news agency said the three had been found guilty of “smuggling quantities of heroin in their stomachs”.SPA reported 153 people being executed in the ultra-conservative kingdom last year, a number confirmed by London-based rights group Amnesty International.Among those executed was Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, a high-profile figure behind a string of Shiite protests in 2011 demanding reform in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.Amnesty reported 158 death penalties in the country for 2015, the highest annual rate in the past two decades.