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Egypt: Briton sentenced to death for allegedly trying to smuggle three tons of cannabis into Egypt
Monday 03 Jun 2013
A British man has been sentenced to death for allegedly trying to smuggle three tons of cannabis into Egypt via the Red Sea.
Charles Raymond Ferndale, 74, was part of an "international gang" of five people caught trying to bring drugs into Egypt through its south-eastern coast, court officials said.
The others individuals held are reportedly from Pakistan and the Seychelles.
The Foreign Office said today it was "extremely concerned" about the British sailor and would do their "utmost to prevent this execution".
An FCO spokesman said: "The British Government is extremely concerned at the death sentence passed down to a British national on April 7, and confirmed on June 3.
"We are opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. Our consular team in Cairo are in contact with the British prisoner and we will do our utmost to prevent this execution."
In addition to the death sentences the court has imposed a fine of 85 million Egyptian pounds (£8 million), according to the official.
The defendants are sailors who were arrested on board a ship near the Red Sea coastal town of Marsa Alam.
A source said an official from the British Embassy in Egypt was in court.
The Foreign Office said: "We are opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances.
"Our consular team in Cairo are in contact with the British prisoner and we will do our utmost to prevent this execution."
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