Indonesian woman acquitted of drug trafficking charge

GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian woman has been discharged and acquitted by the High Court here for trafficking 1.2kg of the drug methamphetamine after the judge concluded that she was used as a mule.

Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah found Siti Nurhidayah, 42, not guilty in his decision at the end of the defence's case.

He ruled that the defence had successfully raised reasonable doubt in the case.

Sequerah said based on the accused's testimony, Nurhidayah was instructed by a woman named Tina – the second defence witness in the case – to travel to Guangzhou in China to collect some branded clothes to be brought back to Penang.

He said Tina also corroborated Nurhidayah's testimony in court.

Sequerah added that there were doubts to the prosecution's case, adding that he was convinced by the defence's case that the accused was merely an innocent carrier.

"The accused had also checked the luggage containing the clothes given to her by an African man named Destiny and believed that there was nothing suspicious with the bag containing clothes, shoes and bags," he said.

Nurhidayah, who was seated at the dock, held her hands up to cover her face and bowed down after her counsel Choong Kak Sen informed her of the decision.

She was charged with trafficking 1,204.5gm of the drug at the Penang International Airport arrival hall at around 7.40pm on Nov 6, 2013.

The offence under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

DPP Lim Cheah Yit, who prosecuted the case, later told reporters that he would be filing an appeal against the decision.

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