SHAH ALAM - AN INDIAN national, 62, was sent to the gallows by a High Court here after she was found guilty of trafficking 2,925g ketamine when she arrived in Malaysia two years ago.
Justice Noor Azian Shaari passed the sentence after the court was satisfied that the defence had failed to raise doubts on the prosecution's case.
Fazila Bee Abdul Kareem, from Chennai, did not react when the decision was read out but broke down and cried after counsel K.A. Ramu explained the sentence to her.
Clad in a white t-shirt, black track bottoms and a black scarf, the grandmother raised her hands upwards in prayer as she was led out of the courtroom.
Six prosecution witnesses testified in court. Customs prosecuting officer Nursarah Dina Baharudin appeared for the prosecution.
Fazila had testified in her defence that she came to the country looking for a job and was approached by an Indian woman who asked her to check in a bag as she would be joining Fazila in Malaysia.
"The accused entered the country with a tourist visa instead of a work permit.
"For a person seeking a job in another country, you must know your workplace and employer and possess a work permit," said the judge.
Justice Noor Azian pointed out that Fazila mentioned a person named Mohd Zafar, whom she initially claimed was her grandson but later said was her agent.
"The accused claims to be 62, but looking at her, she is older and it is unlikely that she would be hired as a domestic maid," she added.
The Star/Asia News Network
Sun, May 22, 2011
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