At least 19 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia this month in a clampdown by the authorities on drug smuggling and “sorcery,” according to Human Rights Watch officials.
Four hashish smugglers were beheaded on Aug. 18, the latest in a string of executions across the country since the beginning of the month, Saudi Press Agency reported.
All four were men from the same family, reported the Independent, while another suspect, Mohammed bin Bakr al-Alawi, was beheaded for practicing black magic sorcery.
“Any execution is appalling, but executions for crimes such as drug smuggling or sorcery that result in no loss of life are particularly egregious,” said Sarah Leah Watson, Middle East and North Africa Director for Human Rights Watch.
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