10 January 2018 :
An Egyptian court recommended the execution of 13 defendants including eight Egyptians and five Yemenis over drug smuggling, state-run MENA news agency reported.
The Red Sea Criminal Court referred the files of the 13 defendants to the country's Grand Mufti, the top Islamic legal expert in religious rulings, for his non-binding opinion on their execution.
The court convicted them of smuggling heroin from Yemen to Egypt through the Red Sea shared by the two countries.
The Egyptian security forces busted a boat coming from Yemen to Egypt via the sea carrying five Yemenis with a large amount of heroin in their possession and also arrested the eight Egyptians waiting for the load.