Saudi executes Chadian for drug trafficking

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded by the sword a Chadian man convicted of drug trafficking in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Abdelkerim Ibrahim Mussa Abkar, who was executed in the holy city of Mecca, had been sentenced to death for trafficking in cocaine, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

The execution brings to 14 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.

In 2012, the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom executed 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. The US-based Human Rights Watch put the number at 69.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.