Woman handed down three-year sentence

Published on Aug 09 2011 // Human Rights Monitor

Thimphu district court sentenced a 22-year old woman to three years imprisonment for smuggling tobacco into the country.

Binu Kumari Chetri, who runs a shop opposite the taxi parking, was arrested on March 7, after a businesswoman, Yeshi Lhamo, 30, who runs a pan shop below the Bhutan Narcotic and Control Agency office in Thimphu, revealed her as the source, from where Yeshi Lhamo bought the 19 cigarette packets and 11 packets of chewing tobacco (baba).
The tobacco was found inside Yeshi Lhamo’s pan shop.

Binu Kumari was charged under section 52 of the Tobacco Act, which states that any person found smuggling tobacco or tobacco products shall be guilty of an offence of smuggling, and be punishable with minimum sentence of felony of fourth degree.

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