|Public beheading in Saudi Arabia|
May 6, 2015: Saudi Arabia carried out its 79th execution in 2015 in the northwestern region of Tabuk, reported AFP News.
Hussein al-Omairi, a Saudi national, was executed for trafficking amphetamines, according to a statement from the interior ministry.
French President François Hollande called on Tuesday (5 May) for a ban on the death penalty.
Hollande was in the Saudi capital Riyadh for the Gulf Co-operation Council summit, where he met several GCC leaders, including Saudi King Salman.
"France is campaigning across the world to abolish the death penalty. The death penalty should be banned," Hollande told reporters after meeting GCC leaders including Saudi King Salman.
Amnesty International has criticised a "macabre spike" in the use of the death penalty this year in Saudi Arabia, which the London-based watchdog ranked among the top three executioners in the world in 2014.
Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy, homosexuality and armed robbery are all punishable by death under the kingdom's strict version of Islamic sharia law.
Source: ibtimes.co.uk, May 6, 2015
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