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Twins spared death row due to identity confusion

Published 17/02/2009

Identical twins escaped being convicted and hanged on drugs charges in Malaysia through confusion over which one of them was the culprit.

Sathis Raj and Sabarish Raj were charged with smuggling cannabis and opium, but police had trouble identifying which one was in possession of the drugs.

The judge acquitted them both, saying she could not convict the wrong person and even DNA evidence was useless because it could belong to either of them.

"I can't be calling the wrong twin to enter his defence. I can't be sending the wrong person to the gallows."

Sathis and Sabarish Raj, 27, cried when the judge said that the prosecution had failed to prove which twin had been arrested first with a car containing 166kg of cannabis and almost 2kg of raw opium.

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