ALGERIA. DEATH PENALTY FOR 3 FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
April 8, 2008: three defendants were sentenced to death by the Criminal Court in Algeria's southern province of Ghardaia for trafficking 625kg of cannabis.
They were charged and found guilty by a jury of smuggling prohibited products, affecting public health, and forming a criminal conspiracy. The three said the drugs belonged to an unknown person named Salek, who recruited them to transport the cannabis from Bechar to Ourgla for 2m Algerian Dinar.
The defendants were arrested in a car with the cannabis in October, 2004. The judge said he did not believe that the unknown person named Salek was a real person. (Sources: El Khabar, 09/04/2008)