Death Penalty: Malaysia to Hang Three for Marijuana Trafficking, Executions Continue in Middle East

Twice in the past two weeks, courts in Malaysia have condemned people to death for marijuana trafficking offenses. Meanwhile, both Iran and Yemen have executed drug offenders in the past three weeks. Except where otherwise linked, information in this article comes from the global anti-death penalty group Hands Off Cain.

In Malaysia, the High Court Wednesday handed down death sentences to two men, Kairil Anuar Abdul Rahman, 34, and Afendi Adam, 28, for trafficking a little under two pounds of pot six years ago. The pair, a restaurant worker and a painter, respectively, were arrested in March 2002 for selling 971 grams of marijuana. Judicial Commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim said the court had no choice but to impose the death sentences after the men were found guilty. Attorneys for the pair are expected to appeal both the convictions and the sentences.

Two weeks earlier, the Shah Alam Higher Court imposed the death sentence on an Indonesian immigrant, Junaidi Nurdin, 32, for selling 979 grams of pot. Junaidi was arrested in April 2004 after he sold the stuff to an undercover policeman at a restaurant in Shah Alam. He, too, is expected to appeal.

Meanwhile, the execution of drug offenders continued apace in the Middle East. In Yemen, convicted Pakistani drug trafficker Birkhan Afridibar Hussein, 50, was executed at the Central Prison in Sanaa on September 17 after his death sentence was approved by the president of the republic. And in Iran, a man known only as Taher H. was hanged Tuesday in the northern city of Hamedan. Taher H. had been imprisoned on drug charges there, but escaped, only to be caught again with 530 pounds of heroin.

The executions of nonviolent drug offenders, almost exclusively in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, have added momentum to calls for a global moratorium on the death penalty and particularly against using the death penalty for drug offenses.

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RE : Inhuman policies.

Marijuana has never been a bad drug to cause people to violent, but it might be only cause people to become lazy, the death penalty on such issue are extremely ridiculous & inhuman!

Says who?

Any kind of drugs offenders, might it be merely marijuana or another soft a.k.a designer drugs i.e ecstasy and such to hard drugs like cocaine, heroine, morphine, etc... they all are deserves to get death penalty because they are the one of the reason why we have so many useless, wasted people in this world... They make money by "killing" another no brainer. Just my 2 cents.

pathetic

wow, just wow....you are one lost person, I feel really sorry for you and all your descendants... you must be truly pathetic 

your mom should die for

your mom should die for having such a fucking retard

is any murder justifiable?

Killing these people is an inhuman act of violence.
Cannabis is not a drug like heroine or cocaine, and is not addictive, but habit-forming with some people. It is the female variety of hemp. It has never been known to kill people.
The war on drugs fills the pockets of corrupt politicians and drug barons. These same people keep it going. It's good for their businesses. They lobby against changes to current policies.
When will we be decent human beings and address the social issues leading to drug abuse and dependency?
When we kill others as a punishment for crimes, we show ourselves to be no better than the people we "punish". Can we call this "civilisation"?

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