Yemen sentences eight to death for drug smuggling


A Yemeni court sentenced five Yemeni and three African men to death yesterday for smuggling 1.7 tonnes of drugs into the Arabian Peninsula country, the state news agency Saba reported.

In a separate case, the court in the south-eastern province of Hadramout handed jail terms of 12 years each against six Somalis convicted of piracy, the agency said.

The three Africans sentenced to death were from Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia, Saba added, without saying what kind of drugs they had smuggled.

Yemen has stepped up security measures as it faces Shi’ite rebels in the north, separatists in the south and a resurgent wing of al Qaeda, which in December claimed responsibility for a failed attempt to bomb a US-bound airliner.