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The panel of judges of the Mozambique Supreme Court has ruled that there is nothing preventing Pakistani citizen Tanveer Ahmed being extradited to the US, because the drug trafficking he is charged with is also punishable in Mozambique.
The United States has assured the Mozambican state that Ahmed will neither be sentenced to life imprisonment nor to capital punishment. If found guilty, his sentence will be between 5 to 40 years in prison.
Tanveer Ahmed, the Pakistani citizen indicted on charges of drug trafficking by a Texas court, arrived at the Supreme Court to hear whether or not he was to be extradited to the United States at about 11:30 a.m..
His attorneys arrived minutes later, Ahmed exchanging impressions with them while they waited for the court session to start.
The reading of the sentence was slightly delayed because the panel of judges, led by judge-counsellor Luis Mondlane, were still in a meeting at 11:44 a.m., O País reported.
The reading of the sentence had initially been scheduled for 13 May, but had been postponed.
Tanveer Ahmed was arrested in possession of 34 kg of cocaine and 2 kg of hashish in the municipality of Matola, in Maputo province, last year.
By Dário CossaSource: O País
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