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Fijian Faces Death Penalty

A Fijian woman may face the death penalty in Malaysia after being found with 1.51 kilograms of methamphetamines on her at the Kuala Lumpur Airport. The 26-year-old woman is currently
31 Jan 2015 11:59
Fijian Faces Death Penalty

A Fijian woman may face the death penalty in Malaysia after being found with 1.51 kilograms of methamphetamines on her at the Kuala Lumpur Airport. The 26-year-old woman is currently in Malaysian Police custody.

She is being held under Section 39 (B) of Malaysian Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952.

Carrying more than 50 grams of methamphetamines, also known as ice, can warrant the death penalty in Malaysia.

Acting Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Esala Nayasi yesterday confirmed that a team from the Fijian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur visited the woman in Police custody on Thursday.

“We are doing all we can to assist her. At this moment we are working closely with authorities in Fiji and Malaysia in trying to get more information about the woman,” Mr Nayasi said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is yet to identify the woman’s family in Fiji.

This is one of the rare occasions when a Fijian national has been caught allegedly smuggling drugs into Malaysia.

Malaysia and its neighbour Indonesia have stringent anti-drug trafficking laws.

Section 39 (B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act states: 39B. (1) No person shall (a) traffic in a dangerous drug; (b) offer to traffic in a dangerous drug; or (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 against this Act and shall be punished on conviction with death.

(3) A prosecution under this section shall not be instituted except by or with the consent of the Public Prosecutor.

According to Customs Today: The drugs were hidden in a luggage bag of the woman who had flown in from Hong Kong. The drugs were seized at 5.45 pm

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said they seized 1.51 kg of methampethamine valued at $163,319.82 from the 26-year-old Fijian national.

“When the bag was scanned at KLIA, it was noticed that it contained what looked like crystalline powder suspected to be methampethamine stuffed into a special compartment. The woman was then held,” Mr Datuk told reporters.

Chik Omar said the woman was being held under remand for seven days for the investigation under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

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