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Saudi Arabia

  • By: John H. Barnhill
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern nation bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. It is north of Yemen and Oman and south of Iraq. It also shares borders with the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, and Qatar. Saudi Arabia has no tolerance for drug use, abuse, or trafficking. Drug trafficking is a violation of Shari'a, the Saudi Islamic law that substitutes for a written secular legal code, and Saudis enforce the ban against Saudis and foreigners alike. Since 1988 the conservative Islamic state has imposed the death penalty for smuggling.

Laws and the Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia has no written penal code. The death penalty is available to judges in cases of apostasy and other offenses against God, offenses against persons as defined by Shari'a ...

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