Published June 03, 2013
CAIRO – An Egyptian court official says five foreigners including a British sailor have been sentenced to death after being convinced of drug smuggling.
The official says a court in Red Sea Province said the defendants were "an international gang" that tried to smuggle three tons of hashish into Egypt via its southeastern coast. In addition to death sentences, the court imposed a fine of 85 million Egyptian pounds ($12 million dollars), according to the official.
Those convicted are a Briton, a Pakistani, and three individuals from the Republic of Seychelles.
The defendants are sailors who were arrested aboard a ship near the Red Sea coastal town of Marsa Alam.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.