Saudi Arabia has warned Shiite Moslems that they face Koranic punishments, which include beheading and crucifixion, if they disrupt this year's pilgrimage in Mecca, the official Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday.

The Saudi government said it will punish anyone involved in a violation of security, including possession of weapons or explosives, and "any act of disturbance, terrorism or sabotage such as demonstrations, slogan-shouting and carrying of posters and banners, use of loudspeakers and blocking of roads and delaying of pilgrims from performing the rites," the news agency said.The statement, issued Tuesday, was clearly aimed at the Shiite Moslem followers of Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who are among the millions of pilgrims to visit Mecca.

The annual hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, begins in late July.