Thursday, August 25, 2005

Bangladesh Court Jails 3 Nepalis for Life

Dhaka, August 25-A Bangladesh court has sentenced three Nepali nationals, two of them women, to life for trying to smuggle nine kilograms of hasish out of the country, prosecutors said today.
Sunita Pune Magar, 30, Bindu Maya Tamang, 28, and Lal Bahadur Tamang, 40, were impassive as the judge of the additional metropolitan session court announced the verdict yesterday, additional public prosecutor Golam Mostofa said.
Sentencing the Nepali trio to life, Judge Nazrul Islam said the prosecution had proved they were part of an international drug trafficking gang.
Magar and Maya Tamang were arrested by customs officials at Dhaka's Zia International Airport on May 6, 2001 after hashish was found in their bags.Lal Bahadur Tamang was later arrested by immigration police in the northern landport of Burimari, about 300 km from Dhaka, as he was trying to reach India without a passport."The prosecution has proved that he is the leader of the gang," Mostafa said.

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