Drug Trial Of Fijian In Malaysia Deferred
The trial of a 26-year-old Fijian woman who is facing drug trafficking charges before the Malaysian High Court has been deferred to next month.
This was confirmed by the Fijian High Commission in Malaysia, which says that they have continued to visit Christin Nirmal on a fortnightly basis per schedule.
The commission says that she is in good health.
Ms Nirmal’s court trial for drug trafficking charges will now be heard on May 22 and 23.
The deferment was because of unforeseen circumstances – the presiding Malaysian Court Judge had vacated this month’s scheduled trial date.
Ms Nirmal is alleged to have possessed about 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine worth F$160,000 which were found in her bag at the Kuala Lumpur Airport while travelling to Hong Kong.
The trial is expected to see state witnesses alleging that Ms Nirmal did commit the offence of trafficking drugs.
Ms Nirmal is charged according to section 39 (B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which states that (1) no person shall on his or own behalf of any other person whether or not such other person in Malaysia (A) traffic in a dangerous drug. (B) Offer to traffic in dangerous drug, (C) do or offer to do an act preparatory to or for the purpose of trafficking in a dangerous drug. 2. Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence this Act and shall be punished on conviction with death.
Malaysia is one of the seven countries listed as the most petrifying to be busted for drugs and has harsh drug laws that also order the death penalty for convicted drug traffickers.
Edited by Caroline Ratucadra