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20 November 2010 :: 13:11:25 pm 46322

Second Thai Woman to Hang In Malaysia in 15 Months for Drugs Offence

Malaysia has once again imposed its draconian death penalty for drugs on a Thai single mother. The latest court ruling was for smuggling 713.8 gm of cocaine by plane from Argentina. The woman was intercepted at a bus terminal en route to Thailand.
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November 20, 2010: For the second time in slightly over a year a Thai single mother has been given the death sentence for drug-related offences in Malaysia. In the latest case, Phrueksa Taemchim, 26, was sentenced to hang on Nov18, for smuggling 98 capsules containing 713.8 gm of cocaine while in transit from Buenos Aires to Thailand via Kuala Lumpur International Airport. In the earlier case, Malaysian resident, Roseedah Cheubong, 41, mother of a teenage son, from Thailand was sentenced to death on August 28, 2009, for trafficking 1.04kg of cannabis. Of the 12 death sentences imposed last year by Malaysian courts, 10 of these were for drug trafficking, and eight involved marijuana, which is widely regarded as a class 2 drug and legal in Holland. Human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, are currently campaigning internationally to end the death penalty for drug offences.

In Phrueksa Taemchim’s case, when she was apprehended by a police drug squad at the Puduraya Bus Terminal on July 3,2009 after disembarking from a Buenos Aires-Kuala Lumpur fight and intending to take a bus to Thailand, she was not found with any incriminating evidence on her person, that was only revealed by a subsequent hospital X-ray. When Ms Phrueksa appeared in court on Nov18, her defence lawyer pleaded for clemency in view of the fact that the defendant was a low-paid waitress in Thailand, a first-time offender and was struggling to raise a child single-handedly; however High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah was adamant and maintained the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt, consequently sentencing her to death. The defendant reportedly remained stoical when the sentence was translated for her.

The Defence Counsel of Roseedah Cheubong, Zamri Mat Nawang, made a similar plea to the Malaysian court, again asking for leniency, on the grounds that she was a single mother, surviving by doing various odd jobs after her divorce to take care of herself and her teenage child. Furthermore, Mr. Zamri stated that she regretted her action. Ms Roseedah had originally been arrested with cannabis weighing 1.04kg on Feb 3, 2004 in front of the Mobil petrol station in Kampung Padang Pak Amat, Pasir Puteh. The Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Abd Razak Wan Hussin, however, asked for the appropriate sentence in view of what he called ‘the gravity’ of the offence and the judge, Datuk Muhamad Ideres Muhamad Rapee, duly gave her the mandatory death sentence on August 28, 2009. In this instance, the Thai woman was not so immune to emotion, as she broke down in tears on hearing the sentence passed upon her.

Malaysian is increasingly serving as a transit point for drug trafficking and despite the death penalty for drug-related offences a rising number of foreigners are taking the risk in the hope of earning high rewards. In the first nine months of 2010, 382 foreigners were arrested for drug trafficking offences, a 70% increase over the same period in 2009, according to government records.

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