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 2010-06-26 08:32 pm Back to NEWS
Zambian tourist gets death sentence for drug trafficking
The Palace of Justice (Malaysia)

GEORGE TOWN: A Zambian tourist was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday for drug trafficking.

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 prosecution's case.

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 anything.

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 papers.

Emmanuel's counsel R.S.N. Rayer said he would file an appeal.

FROM New Straits Times

 
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