Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:36PM
A Saudi man sentenced to death is seen knelt moments before being beheaded in Saudi Arabia. (File photo)
A Saudi man sentenced to death is seen knelt moments before being beheaded in Saudi Arabia. (File photo)

Saudi Arabia has beheaded one of its citizens and two Yemeni nationals on charges of drug trafficking, bringing to 63 the number of decapitations in the kingdom since the start of year. 

Saudi national, Daifallah al-Omrani, was executed in the northern region of Tabuk on Wednesday after his conviction for smuggling amphetamines, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. 

Yemeni nationals Ahmed Mubarak and Abdul Salam al-Jamali were beheaded in the southwestern city of Jizan, on charges of attempting to smuggle hashish into the kingdom.

On January 27, Saudi authorities beheaded an Egyptian national after sentencing him to death on charges related to robbery and murder. 

In the most stunning case, Saudi Arabia executed on January 2 Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along 46 other people in defiance of international calls for the release of the prominent Shia cleric and other jailed political dissidents in the kingdom.

According to an AFP count, Saudi Arabia carried out 153 executions, including 71 foreign nationals, in 2015. This number of executions in terms of annual basis in Saudi Arabia has been unseen since 1995.

On April 16 last year, Saudi Arabia beheaded an Indonesian female domestic worker, just two days after executing another woman from the Southeast Asian country. 

Beheading with a sword is the most common form of execution in Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh has been under fire for having one of the world’s highest execution rates.

In this photograph taken on December 2, 2014, the father of Mohammad Irfan, a Pakistani national who was sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Saudi Ariabia, Haji Abdul Haq, poses with a picture of his son in Sargodha. (AFP photo)

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Saudi regime to abolish its "ghastly" beheadings.

Under the Saudi law, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking, rape and murder carry the death penalty.