April 20, 2011

Malaysia Orders Indian Man To Hang For Drug Smuggling

The Indian Express news
written by Staff
Wednesday April 20, 2011

A Malaysian court has sentenced an Indian man to death by hanging for drug trafficking.

An official in a court outside Kuala Lumpur says a judge convicted and sentenced Khader Waheed on Tuesday.

The court official gave no further details Wednesday. She declined to be named, citing protocol. Lawyers could not immediately be reached.

National news agency Bernama reported that Waheed was convicted of smuggling more than three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of ketamine at an international airport outside Kuala Lumpur in January.

Malaysia hands down mandatory death sentences for crimes including drug trafficking and murder. The government said recently that it has hanged more than 440 people in the past 50 years, while some 700 are currently on death row.

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