Death can also be the sentence for internationally condemned religious “crimes”, including apostasy, sorcery, blasphemy and idolatry.
Executions are often carried out by public beheading. That was the fate of a Burmese woman in May who was dragged through the streets of Mecca and killed in front of crowds of people in January.
Although the government has made limited reforms to its judicial system, it has defended it as fair and shows no sign of reducing the number of executions.
In 2014 the number of rose to 87, from 78 in 2013, and seven people were killed in the first two weeks of this year alone.
Saudi Arabian ministers will be holding talks with the British government during a UK tour this week.
Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef will have dinner with Foreign Secretary tonight at the start of the three-day visit and is scheduled to meet Defence Secretary tomorrow and then the Prime Minister and Home Secretary on Thursday.