NDA head calls for drug smugglers to receive death penalty

National Drug Agency (NDA) Chairperson Lubna Zahir has called for individuals found to be importing illegal narcotics into the Maldives to face the death penalty, local media has reported.

Speaking on state broadcaster Television Maldives (TVM), Lubna was reported as saying  that the death penalty should be imposed for those who bring drugs into the country, adding that it needs to be in the same category as murder.

The comments were made after the recent deaths of a number of individuals who had taken a fake version of LSD circulated in the Maldives.

“We can only prevent drugs from coming into the Maldives by implementing the death penalty against them. Importing drugs is not a less serious crime,” Lubna was quoted by the Sun Online news service as telling the state broadcaster.  “One solution to this is to implement the death penalty against those who bring in drugs and commit murder.”

Lubna requested parliament to include the death penalty as the most severe punishment for drug smugglers, when passing relevant laws.


2 thoughts on “NDA head calls for drug smugglers to receive death penalty”

  1. What a retarded Talibanist. Why is this person in a position of power? Death Penalty does not deter any crime.

  2. Singapore
    The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 3,326 drug abusers in 2011 – an increase of 15% from the 2,887 persons arrested in 2010.

    While the new abusers arrested has dropped 15% from 1,327 in 2010 to 1,128 in 2011, new youth abusers below the age of 20 has increased from 155 in 2010 to 228 in 2011.

    Heroin and methamphetamine remain the most commonly abused drugs – about 93% of all drug abusers arrested abused heroin or methamphetamine. Methamphetamine remains the most commonly abused drug amongst new abusers in Singapore.

    In 2010 there was an estimated 22.6 million Americans over the age of 12 that were current or former illicit drug users within the last month of when the survey was given; This equates to about 8.9 percent of the population aged 12 or older.
    The drug marijuana was the most commonly used illegal substance. There was about 17.4 million individuals who used it in the past month from when the survey was taken. From 2007 and 2010, those numbers increased to 6.9 percent, up from 5.8 or 14.4 million to 17.4 million users.
    Individuals 50 to 59 years of age, their rate of past drug use went up from 2.7 percent to 5.8 percent from 2002 to 2010


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