Australian Grandmother Receives Death Penalty For Smuggling Meth

Australian Grandmother Receives Death Penalty For Smuggling Meth

The three judges sitting in Kuala Lumpur unanimously found the 54-year-old guilty but said she had a right of further appeal on the methamphetamine charges and wished her luck.

Exposto had said she went to Shanghai to meet a US serviceman with whom she had an online romance, and had been asked to carry a bag full of clothes. Ms Exposto testified a friend of Mr "Smith" asked her to take the black backpack to Melbourne from Shanghai as a last minute request at the airport.

An Australian granny is being sentenced to death for smuggling crystal meth into Malaysia - but she claims she was the victim of an online romance scam. However, prosecutors appealed the decision, which effectively barred her from returning home to Sydney.

A Malaysian High Court judge ruled at the time that Exposto wasn't aware she was transporting the drugs and had fallen victim to an online romance scam.

Late past year, parliament voted to remove the death penalty as mandatory punishment for drug trafficking, and leave it to judges' discretion instead.

Exposto's lawyer, Tania Scivetti, said a three-member appeals court "found there was merit" in the prosecution's appeal, though it didn't say on what grounds.

She was acquitted after the judge found she was scammed by her online boyfriend and was unaware she was carrying the drugs.

She was caught in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in December 2014.

Ms Exposto's lawyer Shafee Abdullah told her client it was a temporary setback, vowing Exposto would win the appeal, according to the Daily Telegraph. "It's obvious I'm innocent", the lawyer said.

Airport officials discovered the drug beneath a stitched-in patch on the inside of the backpack. In 1986, Australians Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers became the first non-Asians to be executed in the country when they were hanged for heroin trafficking.

"Australia opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people", Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement Thursday.

The foreign reaction to the case of Mr. Barlow and Mr. Chambers has provoked widespread criticism in Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, where Government officials said they would not be deflected from their "war on dadah" by Western or worldwide protests when Western lives were involved.

"It does not make sense that she was just helping someone she did not know carry something", said the prosecution in their appeal.

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