SANAA — A Yemeni court on Saturday sentenced two Pakistani fishermen to death and jailed two others for 25 years after convicting them of drug trafficking.
Salim Abdulrahim, 46, and Ghulam Khan Mohammed, 50, were given the death penalty while Imam Ayub, 30, and Mohammed Ahmed, 40, were sent to prison for smuggling 1,695 kilos (3,729 pounds) of hashish.
Death sentences in Yemen are usually carried out by firing squad.
The court acquitted seven other fishermen of the group of 11 who were arrested in Yemen’s territorial waters in May 2008 on board a boat from Pakistan. Their trial began in December last year.
Five people have been executed in Yemen this year, and according to a 2008 report by London-based watchdog Amnesty International at least 15 people were executed in the country in 2007. Figures for 2008 are not available.