The ministry also said a convicted drug smuggler was beheaded yesterday in the north-western city of Tabuk. Suwailem Salem al-Umairi al-Huwaiti, a Saudi, was caught smuggling in large quantities of hashish.
In Dhahran, a group of six Saudi Arabian intellectuals and Islamic scholars said they had formed a committee for the defence of human rights, the first in Saudi Arabia. 'We announce our readiness to take part in whatever is necessary to alleviate injustice . . . and defend the human rights decided by the Sharia (Islamic law),' they said.Reuse content