Saudi Envoy Summoned over Beheading of Iranian National.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry summoned the Saudi charge d'affaires in Tehran over the beheading of an Iranian national on charges of drug trafficking.
"The execution of the Iranian male national is unacceptable," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Expatriates' Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said at the meeting with the Saudi envoy on Thursday.
The Saudi charge d'affaires in Tehran was summoned to hear Iran's protest against the beheading of Iranian national Reza Abbas Fazel Aderisawi who was decapitated by sword in an eastern region in Saudi Arabia on September 2.
The Iranian diplomat said the Saudi officials argue that the beheading has been carried out based on judicial procedures regardless of political relations, but said, "Iran does not accept these arguments."
He said that punishment of a foreign national has political consequences and no government can claim that the execution of a foreign national is no different from that of its own nationals.
The Saudi regime carries out capital punishments mostly by beheading.
Saudi Arabia, with one of the highest rates of execution in the world, has frequently been criticized by human rights organizations.
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