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Indonesian To Hang For Drug In Luggage

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GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian woman was sentenced to death by a High Court here for trafficking in 4.02kg of methamphetamine.

Judicial Commissioner Colin Lawrence Sequerah ruled yesterday that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt to the prosecution’s case against Rita Krisdianti.

She was charged with drug trafficking after being found with the drug in her luggage at the Penang International Airport by Customs officers on July 10, 2013, upon arriving from Hong Kong.

The methamphetamine was found in a brown-coloured package concealed beneath the black lining at the bottom of her luggage.

The offence under Section 39B(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

In finding her guilty, Sequerah said the accused failed to rebut the presumption of trafficking.

“She should have suspected that there was something wrong with what she was carrying so the court presumed that she knew what she was carrying.

“The circumstances of the case should have aroused her suspicions,” he added.

DPP Suhana Mohd prosecuted the case while the accused was represented by lawyer Choong Kak Sen who will file an appeal against the judgment.

Krisdianti was arrested in Penang after Customs officers noticed a suspicious green-coloured image appearing on the monitor of the scanning machine and later found it to be drugs.

She had just arrived from a transit in the former British colony and was believed to have the intention of travelling to Thailand by bus from Penang to deliver the package.

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