Kuwait's top court upholds life term on Briton in drugs case

25th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Kuwait's supreme court upheld on Tuesday a life sentence for a Briton found guilty of smuggling hashish and alcohol from Iraq, according to the verdict seen by AFP.

Timothy Rutherford was sentenced to life, amounting to 25 years in jail, by a criminal court in April last year and the verdict was confirmed by the appeals court in July.

He was arrested about two years ago for transporting 49 kilograms (108 pounds) of hashish, liquor and cash in his car from neighbouring Iraq, where he had been working as a civil contractor for the British forces in the south.

The supreme court, Kuwait's highest tribunal whose rulings are final, also ordered that Rutherford be deported after serving the jail term.

Possession or consumption of drugs and alcohol are strictly banned in the conservative Muslim emirate of Kuwait. Trafficking in drugs is a major offence that carries either death or a life sentence.

© 2010 AFP

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