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|Court Look into Iranian Drug Smugglers Next Saturday|
Article Date: October 27, 2008
The State Specialized Penal Court decided to hold the final proceedings session next Saturday to look into the case of 13 Iranians accused of entering Yemen's regional waters illegally together with possessing hashish.
In its Saturday session and headed by Judge Muhsen Alwan, the prosecution presented the sizeable drugs and the covers of drugs that were destroyed by the international forces, as well as mobile phones, IDs and sums of money.
Later, the prosecution recited the investigation minutes where the defendants confessed to their previous sayings, but they all mentioned that they knew nothing about the drugs and accused the American forces of hiding the seized drugs in their boat, hinting that the American forces handed them over to Yemen after detaining them for four days.
The prosecution also challenged the defense who pointed out that Yemeni courts have no right to look into their case especially when they were arrested in international waters and by the international forces and not in Yemen's waters.
According to the indictment, the 13 Iranians entered last March Yemen's regional waters holding three tons of drugs and noted that the international forces had arrested them while onboard the Iranian boat. These forces destroyed the whole quantity and kept only 20 kilos as well as the plastic covers that were handed to Yemeni authorities.
Over the last two weeks, the court looked into the case of the first batch of Iranians who had been accused of attempted smuggling of one kilo and a half of drugs after they entered illegally into the country's regional waters. It also tried a Pakistani national for attempted smuggling of drugs into neighboring countries.Yemeni coastguard and security forces exert paramount efforts to prevent smuggling of drugs and Hashish into the country and other neighboring nations; however, their attempts are not totally successful because the country has open coasts stretching for over 2,000 km.