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Monday September 30, 2013 MYT 2:59:00 PM
Monday September 30, 2013 MYT 8:24:45 PM
by nurbaiti hamdan
Neda Mostafaei Ghodraollah (left) and Shahrzad Matinnia Mansoor were sentenced to death for drug trafficking.
SHAH ALAM: A free trip to Malaysia turned into a final destination for two Iranian women when they were sentenced to death for drug trafficking.
Accountant Shahrzad Matinnia Mansoor, 31, and secretary Neda Mostafaei Ghodraollah, 26, were in tears after High Court judge Justice Abdul Alim Abdullah meted out the mandatory sentence.
"The defence story where the two women came into Malaysia bringing food items was dongeng (a fairy tale) and ridiculous.
"The defence has failed to raise a reasonable doubt. I hereby sentence the two accused to be hanged by the neck to death," he said on Monday.
Shahrzad was charged with trafficking 2.6kg of methampthemine while Neda was charged with trafficking 2.7kg of the same type of drug at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.50am on Dec 15, 2010.
The court heard testimonies where the two, who were introduced by a mutual friend known as Alireza, met for the first time at a bus terminal in Syria.
Alireza had offered them a free stay in Syria for them to do pilgrimage.
They claimed that on the fourth day in Syria, Alireza offered to sponsor their trip to Malaysia and asked them to bring in food items such as sweets and nuts.
Another man known as Behzad then went by their hotel to passed them bags, purportedly containing the food items.
However, upon search at the airport, police found the drugs hidden underneath in the bag containing clothes belonging to the women.
DPP Wan Zuraida Wan Nawan prosecuted.
Shahrzad was represented by lawyer Muhamad Fadhli Mat Sutris while Neda was represented by lawyer Hisyam Teh Pok Teik.
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