Seven Pakistanis sentenced to death in Egypt for smuggling heroin

Authorities seized drugs brought in via Red Sea worth around 2.5 billion pounds in 2019


AFP September 05, 2021

A court in Egypt on Sunday sentenced seven Pakistanis, two Egyptians and an Iranian citizen to death on charges of smuggling in over two tonnes of heroin by sea, a judicial source said.

Authorities seized the drugs brought in via the Red Sea, worth around 2.5 billion pounds ($159 million), in 2019.

The suspects were convicted for having stashed the drugs, also including nearly 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, in a hidden storage room aboard a ship, the source added, without giving details on where the shipment originated.

Capital punishment for civilian convicts in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, is carried out by hanging.

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The ruling can be appealed within two months.

Human rights groups have routinely slammed Egypt's "significant spike" in recorded executions, which saw a more than threefold rise to 107 last year, from 32 in 2019.

Egypt carries out the world's third highest number of executions, after China and Iran, according to Amnesty International.

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