A 28-year-old Zambian man has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Ethiopia for trafficking in narcotic drugs.

CHRISTOPHER PHIRI of Lusaka was sentenced on 2 August 2023 for being in possession of 1-kilogram of Cocaine, which was concealed in a pair of shoes he was carrying in his bag.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, ROSE SAKALA, who confirmed the development, says Mr. PHIRI was arrested on June 20th, 2022 at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while in transit to India.

Mrs. SAKALA says facts of the matter indicate that Mr. PHIRI was given the bag containing drugs at an unidentified Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for onward delivery to India.

She says Mr. PHIRI during court proceedings pleaded guilty to drug trafficking but maintained that he could not recognize the gentleman who handed him the said drugs.

Mrs. SAKALA has since called for enhanced awareness campaigns among Zambian travellers considering that the Ethiopian Government has heightened surveillance measures to curb drug trafficking in view of increased cases.

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