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  • A man has been sentenced to death by hanging in Singapore after being found with two pounds of cannabis.

  • Omar Yacob Bamadhaj has been found guilty of bringing at least two pounds of cannabis into the country.

  • His lawyers said there were doubts whether he knowingly brought the drugs into Singapore.

A man in Singapore was sentenced to death after authorities found him with two pounds of cannabis.

Omar Yacob Bamadhaj, 41, was sentenced to death for the first time in February and his appeal was overturned by a court on Tuesday, Channel News Asia reported.

He was sentenced to death by hanging, the newspaper said.

He was convicted of bringing at least two pounds of cannabis to Singapore in 2018 after being found wrapped in tin foil and newspaper in the trunk of the car he was in while his father was driving , according to the report.

His lawyers said there were doubts whether he knowingly brought the drugs into the city-state. Bamadhaj argued in court that he did not know what was in the safe and that other people had put it there without him knowing, according to Channel News Asia.

But when he was first arrested, he said his acquaintances convinced him to bring the substance to Singapore and he didn’t want to do it but needed the money, according to the report.

He also argued at one point that drug enforcement officers “coerced” him into a confession, claiming that an officer threatened to punish him and his father by hanging himself. he refused to confess, Channel News Asia reported.

Possession, consumption, import and export of cannabis are illegal in Singapore.

Singapore is known for its strict law enforcement, and human rights groups have long criticized Singapore’s use of the death penalty.

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