Rohingya man gets death sentence for drug peddling

On Thursday 9th June Bangladesh court ordered a “death sentence” for a Rohingya man in a drug-related case. This is the first such case. The convict is Md Arif, a resident of a refugee camp in the Ukhiya sector of the southern Cox’s Bazar district.

The decision, issued by district court judge Abdullah Al Mamun, is also the first-ever death sentence given under Bangladesh’s Narcotics Control Act 2018, said public prosecutor Faridul Alam.

According to the prosecutor, Arif was arrested with 7,990 pieces of Yaba tablet or methamphetamine in September 2019 and was in jail until February this year. Afterwards, he was released on bail. However, he never showed up after leaving jail on bail, said Mr Alam.

In December 2018, Bangladesh approved the new narcotics law, recognizing Yaba after several were killed in gunfights with members of law enforcement agencies.


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