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Japanese drug smuggler loses last chance to escape the gallows in Malaysia
Posted: 18 Oct 2015 05:23 AM PDT
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Mariko TakeuchiKUALA LUMPUR — A 41-year-old Japanese woman has lost her last chance to escape the gallows with Malaysia’s highest court affirming the death sentence meted out by a lower court for trafficking drugs into the Southeast Asian country, her lawyer said Friday.


The five-man bench of the Federal Court unanimously rejected Mariko Takeuchi’s appeal on Thursday.


“Basically, the court does not believe her defense,” her lawyer Teh Poh Teik told Kyodo News.


Teh had argued that there was a defect in the chemical analysis of the drug and questioned why the assistant chemist who conducted a particular test was not called to testify by the prosecution.


He also suggested to the court that Takeuchi, a former nurse, should have been charged with “possession,” for which the heaviest punishment is life imprisonment, instead of trafficking, which carries a mandatory death sentence.


“But in the end, just like the high court and the court of appeal, the federal court found her story not credible,” Teh said.


Takeuchi was convicted by the high court and sentenced to death in October 2011 for trafficking 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamines into Malaysia on Oct 30, 2009. In March 2013, she failed to get the appellate court to overturn her conviction and she took her case to the Federal Court where she again lost.


Under Malaysian law, anyone found possessing a minimum of 50 grams of methamphetamine is considered to be trafficking in a dangerous drug, which is punishable by death.


Takeuchi had pleaded innocent in her first trial. She testified that she did not know about the drugs found in a suitcase she brought to Malaysia from Dubai. She said she was carrying the suitcase as a favor for an Iranian acquaintance.


Takeuchi, who has been incarcerated since her arrest, is the first Japanese national to be tried on a drug trafficking charge in Malaysia and the first sentenced to hang.


Teh said her last resort is to seek a pardon from the Sultan of Selangor state. Meantime, Takeuchi is being held at a women’s prison in northeastern Kelantan state.



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A policewoman escorts Mariko Takeuchi, right, out of the Shah Alam criminal court on Tuesday.
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(Kyodo) KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian court sentenced a Japanese woman to death on Tuesday for smuggling methamphetamine into the country in what an official said was the first such case involving a citizen of Japan.

A high court in Shah Alam near the capital Kuala Lumpur found Mariko Takeuchi guilty of drug trafficking, said a court official.

A customs official said the verdict marked the first time a Japanese national had been arrested for smuggling drugs into Malaysia, which is known for its tough anti-drug laws.

Drug smuggling carries a mandatory death penalty by hanging in Malaysia.

Takeuchi, a 36-year-old former nurse, was arrested in October last year at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after arriving from Dubai with 3.5 kilograms of the drug.

Takeuchi has testified that she was duped by a man into carrying a bag containing the methamphetamine but did not know the drugs were inside.

The customs official said Dubai is a frequent transit point for drugs destined for Malaysia, which are often then sent on to other countries such as Australia.

As of earlier this year, Malaysia had nearly 700 prisoners, mostly men, on death row. More than two-thirds of those involved drug offenses.

Takeuchi’s lawyer said she will appeal the verdict.

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AFP

A Malaysian court sentenced a Japanese woman to death on Tuesday for smuggling methamphetamine into the country in what an official said was the first such case involving a citizen of Japan.

A high court in Shah Alam near the capital Kuala Lumpur found Mariko Takeuchi guilty of drug trafficking, said a court official.

A customs official said the verdict marked the first time a Japanese national had been arrested for smuggling drugs into Malaysia, which is known for its tough anti-drug laws.

Drug smuggling carries a mandatory death penalty by hanging in Malaysia.

Takeuchi, a 36-year-old former nurse, was arrested in October last year at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after arriving from Dubai with 3.5 kilograms of the drug.

Takeuchi has testified that she was duped by a man into carrying a bag containing the methamphetamine but did not know the drugs were inside.

The customs official said Dubai is a frequent transit point for drugs destined for Malaysia, which are often then sent on to other countries such as Australia.

As of earlier this year, Malaysia had nearly 700 prisoners, mostly men, on death row. More than two-thirds of those involved drug offenses.

Takeuchi’s lawyer said she will appeal the verdict.

© 2011 AFP

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