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Briton faces Egypt death sentence

Five foreigners including a British sailor have been sentenced to death in Egypt after being convinced of drug smuggling, a court official said.

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 south-eastern coast.

In addition to the death sentences, the court imposed a fine of 85 million Egyptian pounds (£8 million), 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 on board a ship near the Red Sea coastal town of Marsa Alam.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity.


From Belfast Telegraph