Zambian tourist gets death sentence for drug trafficking
Palace of Justice
GEORGE TOWN: A Zambian tourist
was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday for drug
Emmanuel Kasanda, a 31-year-old wiring contractor, was found
guilty of trafficking in 133g of heroin and 26g of monoacetylmorphine at the
Balik Pulau police station narcotics unit toilet between 1.30pm and 7.30pm on
Oct 14, 2006.
Judicial commissioner Nurmala Salim said Emmanuel's defence
which was a bare denial had failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the
She said the defence had also failed to prove its
contention that Emmanuel was set up by the police.
Emmanuel, who entered
Malaysia as a tourist, was arrested on Oct 13, 2006, at the Penang International
Airport after returning from a Myanmar trip.
In his unsworn defence on
Monday, Emmanuel testified that he was told to swallow two purple pills when he
was interrogated by the police.
He said he suffered stomach pain an hour
later and was told to pass motion into a bucket.
Four policemen then
checked his stool before instructing him to flush it down the toilet and clean
up the bucket.
He also said that when his body and bags were first
searched at the airport after his arrest, the police had failed to find
Emmanuel said he was sent to a hospital twice for X-rays and
claimed that he was asked to sign documents that were supposedly his release
Emmanuel's counsel R.S.N. Rayer said he would file an
FROM New Straits Times