Saudi Beheads 83 People in 2014, the Most in Years

December 31, 2014 1:29 PM

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Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man on Wednesday convicted of smuggling "large quantities" of heroin, the kingdom's state news agency reported, bringing the number of publicly announced executions to its highest level in at least five years.

An Associated Press tally of announcements from the official Saudi Press Agency shows 83 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia in 2014, including Wednesday's execution. Most were executed for drug smuggling.

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