Fe­male drug traf­ficker loses death ap­peal

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PU­TRA­JAYA: The Court of Ap­peal has up­held the death sen­tence on a Thai woman who was con­victed of traf­fick­ing co­caine in 80 cap­sules by swal­low­ing and in­sert­ing them into her pri­vate part.

In dis­miss­ing Chon­ma­nee Laphathanawat’s ap­peal against her con­vic­tion and death penalty, Jus­tice Datuk Mo­htarudin Baki, who led a three­man panel, ruled that ev­i­dence against her was strong and over­whelm­ing.

Chon­ma­nee, 31, from the Thai prov­ince of Ray­ong, was found guilty and sen­tenced to death by the Pe­nang High Court last year for traf­fick­ing in 689.10g of co­caine be­tween Feb 13 and 16, 2013.

Ac­cord­ing to the facts of the case, Chon­ma­nee was ar­rested at Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 5.10pm on Feb 13, 2013, af­ter she was spot­ted be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously at the ar­rival hall.

Chon­ma­nee had flown to Sin­ga­pore via Barcelona and on ar­rival in Sin­ga­pore, took a flight to Pe­nang where she was ar­rested.

Au­thor­i­ties at the air­port no­ticed Chon­ma­nee look­ing un­easy and walk­ing slowly as if she was hold­ing some­thing back. She was then sent to the Pe­nang Hos­pi­tal for an ex­am­i­na­tion af­ter she told them she had “con­sumed some­thing”.

Sev­enty-eight oval-shaped pieces wrapped in plas­tic were re­cov­ered from her ex­cre­ment over four days and an­other two cap­sules, from her pri­vate part. – Ber­nama

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