UAE sentences 5 Asians to death on drug charges: Report

An Abu Dhabi court sentenced five Asians to death in two separate cases after they were convicted of trafficking heroin, The National newspaper reported today.

Dubai: An Abu Dhabi court sentenced five
Asians to death in two separate cases after they were
convicted of trafficking heroin, The National newspaper
reported today.

Three Afghans and a Pakistani were charged with
trafficking 16 kilogrammes of heroin which they were caught
trying to sell to undercover agents earlier this month, the
English-language daily said.

The Pakistani and an Afghan were arrested on June 2 after
they were caught on camera delivering the drugs to a hotel
room in Abu Dhabi.

"The two claimed they did not know the package they were
hired to deliver to a hotel room contained drugs," The
National said.

But court officials cited by the paper said a
seven-minute video of the two men at the room showed one of
the defendants, NA, "speaking on the phone, then picking a
plastic bag from a cardboard box and tasting the drugs.

"A urine test showed NA had traces of morphine in his
body."

No traces of drugs were found in the other defendant`s
blood. The remaining two Afghans implicated in the case, and
identified as MZS and SAK, were tried in absentia after they
fled the country one day after the police raid.

The two men in custody "will have an automatic appeal
under laws governing the death penalty," the newspaper said.

PTI

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