Court upholds death sentence of China drug smuggler

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the death sentence imposed on a Chinese woman for trafficking 2,156.8gm of methamphetamine inside three pillows in her luggage at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang.

A three-man panel chaired by Justice Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid unanimously dismissed the appeal by Yan Lanhua, in her 30s, to set aside her conviction and death sentence passed by the Shah Alam High Court on Sept 28, 2017.

Justice Umi Kalthum, who presided over the appeal with Justice Rhodzariah Bujang and Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, said the panel found that the appeal had no merit.

“We, therefore, affirm the appellant’s conviction and sentence imposed by the High Court,” she said.

Yan was found guilty of trafficking the methamphetamine at the Passenger Inspection Branch 2 at the LCCT upon arrival from Shenzhen, China, on Nov 15, 2013.

According to the facts of the case, Yan had carried a blue luggage containing children’s items, among them three small pillows, shoes and clothing and, during an inspection, the drugs were found in the pillows.

During the trial, Yan denied she had knowledge of the drugs and had alleged that the blue bag was given to her by an African named “Baba” at the airport and she had a quick glance but did not see any suspicious item in the bag.

She said “Baba” requested her to deliver the bag to his friend in Malaysia and he (Baba) had paid for her air ticket and given her some pocket money for her stay in Kuala Lumpur.

In another case, the Court of Appeal also affirmed the conviction and death sentence passed on Sharin Abu Bakar, 41, for trafficking 27.30gm of mixed heroine and monoacetylmorphine at Jalan Kembia 10, Taman Puteri Wangsa, Pelangi Indah, Johor Baru on March 12, 2016.

Justice Mohtarudin Baki, who led a three-man bench comprising Justice Rhodzariah and Justice Mohamad Zabidin, held that the panel unanimously found that the issues raised in the appeal had no merit.

“The evidence is solid and the conviction is safe. As such, the appeal is dismissed, and the conviction and sentence retained,” he said after hearing submissions from lawyer Andrew Lourdes, who represented Sharin, and DPP Dhiya Syazwani Izyan Mohd Akhir. — Bernama

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