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Ghanaian, Zambian face death penalty in Singapore

Mail and Guardian On-line, South Africa

Wednesday 11 Apr 2007

Singapore police said they arrested two Africans with 20,6kg of cannabis
-- the largest drugs haul in several years in the country where those
caught trafficking over 500g face a mandatory death penalty.

Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau said that a Ghanaian man and a
Zambian woman are being investigated for drug trafficking after they
were caught on Monday with cannabis with a street value of about $270 400.

"If convicted, both will face the death penalty," a Bureau official said
on Wednesday, adding that the drugs bust was Singapore's largest since
2001 when 35kg of heroin was seized.

Singapore enforces strict anti-drug laws and anyone found guilty of
trafficking more than 500g of cannabis faces death by hanging. Human
rights groups have criticised the death penalty as inhumane, but the
government says this is needed to prevent widespread drug abuse.

Two African drug smugglers were hanged in the city-state in January
despite international appeals for clemency.

The Ghanaian man was arrested after officials, acting on a tip-off,
trailed him leaving a budget hotel with a black luggage bag that held
14kg of cannabis slabs.

The cannabis was wrapped in newspaper and masking tape and hidden under
clothing, according to the bureau’s website.

The woman was arrested at the hotel. – Reuters

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