Yemen sentences Iranian drug smuggler to death

Other News Materials 15 November 2008 14:04 (UTC +04:00)

A Yemeni court Saturday sentenced to death the head of a group of Iranian sailors held with a cargo of about 1.5 tonnes of hashish.

The court also issued jail sentences of 25 years each against 11 other Iranians and a crew member believed to be Pakistani, whose vessel had been seized by U.S.-led naval forces and handed over to Yemeni authorities, reproted Reuters.

Both the prosecution and defense lawyers said they would appeal the sentences.

Iran is a major transit route for drugs from Afghanistan, a top producer of opium and hashish, to the West and Gulf Arab states.