Friday, 19 Oct 2018

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Cabinet approves death penalty for drug crime

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Health Desk: 9th Oct’18: One could be sentenced to death for carrying, trading, storing or processing yaba weighing over five grams, according to a draft law approved in principle by the cabinet.

Death or life imprisonment could be meted out if any institution or individual supplies, patronises or invests or colludes in drug crimes, according to the proposals approved on Monday.

If a person carries, trades, stores, or processes yaba weighing less than five grams, he or she could be sentenced to five years in jail and fined, said the draft law placed at the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's Office.

About 50 of the methamphetamine pills weigh five grams, according to officials of the Department of Narcotics Control.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam said the Narcotics Control Act was formulated in 1990 and it was being updated after 28 years in line with UN conventions on drug trafficking and narcotics control, of which Bangladesh is a signatory.