|Public beheading in Saudi Arabia (file photo)|
Sultan al-Dosari was executed in the eastern province of Ihsa after his conviction for stabbing to death another man, the interior ministry said.
According to AFP tallies, his case brings to 151 the number of locals and foreigners put to death this year, against 87 for all of 2014.
Amnesty International says the number of executions in Saudi Arabia this year is the highest for 2 decades, since 192 people were put to death in 1995.
The toll has rarely exceeded 90 annually in recent years, it said.
Reasons for the surge are unclear.
Over the past few weeks, however, there has been a marked drop in executions, all of which are reported by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Saudi executions are usually carried out by beheading with a sword.
Rights experts have raised concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom, where the interior ministry says the death penalty is a deterrent to crime.
Amnesty says Saudi Arabia had the world's 3rd-highest number of executions last year, after China and Iran.
Under the kingdom's strict Islamic legal code, murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.
Source: Agence France-Presse, December 15, 2015
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