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Ten men, including seven Pakistanis, one Iranian and two Egyptians, have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court for drug trafficking.

A judicial source told AFP that Egyptian authorities seized “more than two tons of heroin, worth €107 million, as well as 99 kilograms of methamphetamine” on a boat off the Red Sea.

The ten defendants were sentenced to death by hanging by the Criminal Court of the Red Sea Governorate. They have 60 days to appeal the sentence.

Last April, Amnesty International reported that Egypt is having a “significant increase” in executions in 2020 with 107 recorded compared to 32 in 2019. According to the NGO, Egypt is the third country in the world with the highest number of executions after China and Iran.