/ 3 January 2009

Ghanaian faces death for drug trafficking in Singapore

A Ghanaian who came to Singapore to try out for a football club has been found guilty of drug trafficking and will face the death penalty, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Chijioke Stephen Obioha (29), came to Singapore in November 2005 to try out for the football club Sporting Afrique, the paper said. He did not make the cut and instead made a living selling electronics.

Obioha was found guilty on Tuesday of trafficking 2,6kg of cannabis.

Singapore’s drug laws are among the world’s harshest. Anyone caught carrying more than 15g of heroin, 30g of cocaine, 500g of cannabis or 250g of methamphetamines faces a mandatory death sentence, carried out by hanging.

Penalties for consumption are also strict, including up to 10 years in jail, a $13 740 fine, or both. – Reuters