Yemen jails three Albanians for smuggling arms

February 18, 2013 - 2:39:19 am

Yemen jails three Albanians for smuggling armsADEN: A Yemeni court yesterday sentenced three Albanians arrested in the eastern Hadramawt province to six years in prison for smuggling arms and explosives into the country, a judicial source said.

The three were arrested in December as they smuggled 179.5 tonnes of ammunition in a ship and were found guilty of trafficking military equipment into Yemen, the source said.

The judge “read the verdict in which the defendants were sentenced to six years and the ship and explosives confiscated,” the source added, saying their case was heard by a court specialised in terrorism cases.

The defendants, whose trial began in January, said they will appeal the verdict, and insisted that they had stopped in the port city of Mukalla to refuel the ship, the source said. AFP