Nephew of U.N. Chief Sentenced to 10 Years for Drug Smuggling
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ A court found a nephew of U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali guilty on Sunday of smuggling the hallucinogen LSD into Egypt and sentenced him to 10 years in jail.
Karim Raouf Ghali, 17, also was ordered to pay a fine of $61,000 and customs duties of nearly $847,000 for the smuggled tablets. The street value of the drugs was not immediately known.
The Ghali family is expected to appeal the sentence, which Judge Abdel-Nasser Ramdan of the juvenile court in Alexandria said was lenient.
Police arrested Ghali in his family’s villa in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria after two students told police they had obtained LSD from him.
During the 1 1/2-hour court session, Ghali admitted he brought the LSD into Egypt, but said he thought he had the right to do so because it was for his personal use.
``It would have been a crime if I harmed others with the LSD, but I did not,″ Ghali told the court. He did not explain how the drug got into the other students’ hands.