Iranian to hang for drug trafficking in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— A prosecutor said a Malaysian court has sentenced an Iranian man to death by hanging for trafficking methamphetamine into the country.
Prosecutor Rozanna Abdul Hadi said a High Court in central Selangor state found 50-year-old Rouhollah Ahmadzadeh Irandoust guilty Monday. Drug trafficking carries the mandatory death penalty.Authorities arrested Irandoust in June last year after finding 2 pounds (one kilogram) of methamphetamine in his luggage when he arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Rozanna said Tuesday the court dismissed Irandoust's defense that the bag wasn't his.
Malaysian authorities have stepped up surveillance on Iranian travelers following a recent spike in drug trafficking cases, partly fueled by rising demand and high prices.
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