Indonesia executes Pakistani drug smuggler

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Indonesian authorities on Sunday executed a Pakistani man who was convicted of smuggling drugs into the country.

Muhammad Abdul Hafeez, 44, was shot dead by a firing squad early Sunday in Banten province, west of Jakarta, said Attorney General's Office spokesman Setia Untung Arimuladi.

Hafeez was arrested in June 2001 upon arrival at Soekarno-Hatta airport after customs officers found 1,050 grams of heroin hidden in snack packages he was carrying.

He was sentenced to death the same year.

The execution was carried out after Hafeez's second request for judicial review was rejected by the Supreme Court, Arimuladi said.

Hafeez was the fifth convict executed this year in Indonesia. Three Indonesians convicted of murder and a Nigerian convicted on drug charges were executed earlier in the year.

More than 140 people are on death row in Indonesia, mostly for drug crimes. About a third of them are foreigners.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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