Saudi Arabia executes 4 for hashish smuggling

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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 1:46 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Mon Aug 18, 2014.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it has executed four Saudis for attempting to smuggle large quantities of hashish into the kingdom.

The Interior Ministry says they were executed Monday in southern Najran province near Yemen after they were found guilty by three courts, including an appeals court.

An Associated Press tally shows their deaths bring to 32 the number of people executed this year in the kingdom.

Amnesty International urged Saudi authorities to halt what it says is a "disturbing" surge in executions, with 17 people executed in the past two weeks. The group says the four men executed Monday were from the same family.

Saudi Arabia warns all visitors on its visa forms that drug trafficking is a crime punishable by execution. The kingdom follows a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

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