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Australian woman faces death penalty for possessing methamphetamine

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    A 34-YEAR-OLD Australian woman will face a Malaysian court on drugs charges that could lead to the death penalty.
    The Jalan Duta Magistrates court hearing on Tuesday is expected to name the woman, who was arrested by Malaysian police on July 17 along with a Nigerian national, legal officials told AAP.
    Malaysian police said earlier that a decision was pending on whether to charge the pair under Section 39B of Malaysia's Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries a mandatory death sentence for possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
    The two were arrested by police after a search of their vehicle on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur allegedly uncovered one kilogram of methamphetamine.
    The case comes as a Perth man, 32-year-old Dominic Jude Christopher Bird, is already facing charges of trafficking after his arrest in March for allegedly trying to sell 167g of methamphetamine.
    If found guilty, Bird could also face the death penalty. His hearing is due to take place in the next few months.
    Three Australians have been executed for drug trafficking offences in Malaysia.
    In July 1986, Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers, also from Perth, were hanged in Pudu Prison despite appeals for clemency. In June 1993, Michael McAuliffe from Queensland was sent to the gallows for heroin trafficking.
    The threat of a death sentence for a further two Australians and the Nigerian comes as Singapore is looking to reform its mandatory death sentencing for drug trafficking.
    Singapore Law Minister K. Shanmugam this month introduced legal changes before parliament that would end mandatory death sentences in drug trafficking cases.
    The legal changes would allow judges discretion to impose life sentences rather than execution for capital drug trafficking charges, under certain conditions.
    These conditions include evidence the drugs offender was a courier and was not involved in other activities related to drug supply or distribution.
    Mr Shanmugam said he expected the numbers of those facing the gallows would decline in years to come.
    "I think it is safe to say more often judges will err on their side of life imprisonment," he said during a visit to Singapore by US Attorney-General Eric Holder.
    The last Australian to be hanged in Singapore was Melbourne man Van Tuong Nguyen, who was executed in December 2005 for heroin trafficking.

    July 30, 2012 10:40PM

    News story from Herald Sun (Australia) and can be found here


  1. Aminatrix
    Pciture is sorta misleading, I saw it and was like 'damn death penalty for residue???' but it's for an amount >50g, I hate stock photos XD

    Many places have EXTREMELY strict laws on drug trade/trafficking, very important to familiarize yourself with the laws of neighboring countries just because, and if you (foolishly) plan on smuggling drugs for anyone, you'd BETTER know the laws of all countries you will step foot in.

    Also, if anyone is foolishly considering being a mule, even for $10,000 +, think of it this way: that drug king pin is PAYING YOU because he doesn't want to go to jail.

    Here, take this 50,000, but if you're in prison you can't spend it! *(especially not if your DEAD)
  2. Fentiful
    Wow, just wow. I personally think their drug laws are ridiculous, but I suppose their theory is if they come down hard enough people won't go there. Unfortunately they do. On the other hand I think if you take a risk like that on, I mean who in that game doesn't know messing with drugs on that scale in another country is just a bad, bad idea and asking for trouble. You play the game, you pay the price, in this case the price the price is too high indeed!
  3. source
    Yeah the picture is like "OMG death penalty for THAT?!"
    But still, the death penalty for a kilo.... hmm not like they shot and killed a load of people is it?
    Fentiful is correct, if you're in a different country breaking the law then you should be prepared to suffer the consequences...
  4. Buzybee
    It's so easy to say do the crime pay the time or in this case your life. A message for us all DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER GOING TO THESE PLACES WITH ANY SUBSTANCE! Personally I believe most inmates of these jails would probably consider death a better option than life or existence in one of those filthy disgusting so called centres of incarceration where daily physical and mental torture is meted out by their jailers who believe it is their duty to do so. Please everybody do not think you can get away with it just once and have a nice cheap holiday, jails are rapidly filling with misguided western young and the not so young naive and foolish. Don't pay with your life and give a life of anguish and worry to your loved ones and parents. A good read is the book about a group of young Australians now called the Bali 9 who thought it was just a lark, unfortunately it's a very true and often repeated tale of horror for all concerned. What can we do we should lobby our governments to cease giving these barbaric backward countries any form of financial assistance and believe me they get millions every year and ask that those foolish offenders be immediately deported back to their own countries where they can at least be handled with some form of human decency. Don't point the finger at anyone because there is always three pointing back at you. Just a thought. Stay safe everyone from Buzybee.
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    Malaysia drug-charge nurse Emma L'Aiguille's son pleads 'I don't want my mum to die'

    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27524&stc=1&d=1344153622[/imgr]THE 10-year-old son of Melbourne woman Emma Louise L'Aiguille, who is facing the death penalty for alleged drug trafficking in Malaysia, has begged for his mother to be returned home. "I want my mum to come back to Australia. I don't want her to die," the boy said.
    "I've been a bit sad. I don't really feel that good. I miss her a lot."
    The heartbreaking plea from the boy comes as Ms L'Aiguille's devastated father spoke out, urging authorities: "Please don't hang my girl".
    Wayne Walton, from Perth, spoke of his emotional torture yesterday and his fears that his daughter would suffer the same fate as Australian heroin mules Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers, who were hanged in Malaysia in 1983.
    He begged Malaysian authorities for clemency saying: "Please let her go, don't kill her. She doesn't deserve to die.
    "If she's done it, just lock her up ... no one deserves to be murdered - and that's what the death penalty is, it's murder."
    Ms L'Aiguille, 34, faces the death penalty after she was arrested on July 17 with more than 1kg of methamphetamine allegedly stashed in a parked car.
    She has denied any knowledge of the drugs and claims she was abandoned by her Nigerian boyfriend.
    It is alleged he fled the scene minutes before police searched their parked car and found 1.005kg of methamphetamine (ice) behind the driver's seat, in which she was sitting.
    Another Nigerian man, Anthony Esikalam Ndidi, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, has also been charged.
    Mr Walton said Ms L'Aiguille, who had lived in Malaysia on a tourist visa for two years, had six children aged between nine and 17 who loved her and desperately wanted to see her again. None was in her care.
    "It's tearing me apart it really is," he told the Sunday Herald Sun. "I haven't stopped crying thinking about what might happen to my own flesh and blood."
    Mr Walton, who has cared for one of Ms L'Aiguille's sons for the past four years, said it was unlikely he would be able to travel to Malaysia because of financial and work commitments.
    "All I've told (her son) is that she's in jail in Malaysia and that she's been a naughty girl," he said. "How do you explain to a 10-year-old? At the end of the day, it's still his mum and she always will be."
    Mr Walton begged other young Australians intent on gambling their lives by trafficking drugs in foreign countries to think twice.
    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27523&stc=1&d=1344153622[/imgl]"Before you go to Malaysia or any country like that, please think about what you are going to do. Do not touch drugs, for God's sake. Think about your families that are left behind and how they suffer," he said.
    "What goes through their minds? I can't fathom it."
    Mr Walton urged authorities to toughen local drug laws so people did not believe they could get away with trafficking abroad.
    Ms L'Aiguille's sister, Rebecca, described the death penalty as "barbaric".
    She said although she and her sister had fallen out after an argument, she did not deserve to die.
    "I regret that because if she is found guilty of it, I'm never going to be able to take back what I said, never going to be able to give her a hug, never going to be able to give her another kiss to say sorry," she said.
    Perth-born Ms L'Aiguille moved to Melbourne with her mother, Amanda Innes, as a toddler but had returned to Perth several times where her children, father and six of her siblings live.
    The Sunday Herald Sun has been told she led a difficult life, living homeless in Melbourne as a teenager and had dabbled in drugs.

    News story published on The Herald Sun 5th August 2012.
  6. Routemaster Flash
    It's appallingly harsh and barbaric, but it's no secret that these places take drug trafficking extremely seriously. Of course this woman shouldn't die for this act but that's because no-one should die for it. Every time one of these sorts of cases comes up there's the sense of "But they can't do that to him/her, he's/she's American/British/Australian!" - and usually white as well, of course. If the law applies, it applies equally to everyone. It would be wrong if she was granted some kind of amnesty while native Malaysians who've committed similar crimes rot in hell-hole jails or swing from a rope.
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    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=29590&stc=1&d=1352513779[/imgl]Malaysian drug trafficking charges against Australian mum Emma Louise L'Aiguille dropped

    FREED mum-of-six Emma Louise L'Aiguille says she will never take life for granted and is desperate to be reunited with her kids after escaping the death penalty in Malaysia.

    Ms L’Aiguille’s four-month jail nightmare ended today, when prosecutors stunningly dropped drug trafficking charges against her.

    “I feel great and am so glad that I’m free," she told the Herald Sun as she walked to freedom outside the Kuala Lumpur.

    "I’ve learned a lot of things and not to take life for granted."

    She also vowed to use her second chance to forge bonds with her children and family. Court Complex.

    "I’m going to use this to get closer to my family," she said.

    Ms L’Aiguille, 34, was released after her defence successfully argued there was no evidence she had any knowledge of the drugs.

    She said she was trying to adjust to the idea she was free, after living in fear she would face death by hanging in Malaysia.

    "I’m lost for words. I just want to relax first,’’ she said.

    “I took freedom and life for granted.”

    Ms L’Aiguille said she would not be vulnerable and trusting any more.

    Ms L’Aiguille had been facing the death penalty after she was charged with trafficking 1kg of methamphetamine on July 17.

    But she had maintained her innocence, saying the drugs belonged to her boyfriend, Nigerian man Anthony Esikalam Ndidi, who disappeared when she was arrested.

    Malaysian-based Australian lawyer Tania Scivetti, representing Ms L'Aiguille, argued the car in which the drugs were found did not belong to Ms L'Aiguille and she did not know there were any drugs in it.

    Ms Scivetti said the defence team's arguments were accepted at a hearing in a Kuala Lumpur court early today.

    "She's ecstatic," the lawyer said.

    "I said to Emma on Thursday in prison, 'There's a really good chance of you coming out,' and she said, 'I don't believe it.'

    "She said, 'I'm never going to get out.'"

    Her freedom comes with three conditions: that she attend all hearings for Ndidi, expected early next year; that she co-operate with police if they require additional statements during those proceedings; and that she remain in Malaysia unless permission is granted for her to travel.

    Ms Scivetti said it had been a very hard four months in custody for Ms L'Aiguille, who was originally from Melbourne but most recently worked as an aged care nurse in Perth.

    She had consistently maintained her innocence.

    She was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Ms Scivetti said..

    Timeline: Emma Louise L’Aiguille's four months of hell

    JANUARY 2012 – Ms L’Aiguille moves in with her boyfriend Anthony in Malaysia. Months later he becomes the target of a police drug operation.

    JULY 17 – Arrested after police pounce in Kuala Lumpur’s busiest tourists strip. Boyfriend escapes despite being target of police surveillance for drug activity. He remains on the run.

    JULY 25 – Ms L’Aiguille sends her eldest daughter Tayla, 18, a Facebook message begging for help because she faces “DEATH if found guilty”.

    JULY 30 – Ms L’Aiguille weeps through her first court appearance where her lawyer revealed medical treatment was being denied to her client.

    AUGUST 1 – Ms L'Aiguille's mother, Amanda Innes, pleads to government officials to spare her daughter the death penalty.

    SEPTEMBER 25 – Sister Amber Lawn is the first family member to visit the accused drug trafficker in a Malaysian jail.

    SEPTEMBER 27 – Mum Amanda Innes visits her daughter in jail. Ms Innes then calls out to the family of Schapelle Corby for help in how to deal with the situation

    OCTOBER 1 - Ms L’Aiguille tells the Herald Sun she is desperate for a second chance in life. Her court case was adjourned that day after the chemist report into the drugs was not ready.

    NOVEMBER 9 – Charges against Ms L’Aiguille were dropped.

    Aleks Devic in Kuala Lumpur, Herald Sun, November 09, 2012 2:15PM


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