Malaysia orders Indian to hang for drug smuggling

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Posted: Apr 19, 2011 11:29 PM
Malaysia orders Indian to hang for drug smuggling

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.