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Japanese nurse sentenced to death

A Malaysian court has sentenced a Japanese nurse to death by hanging for drug trafficking.

The High Court in central Selangor state found 37-year-old Mariko Takeuchi guilty of transporting 7.7lbs of methamphetamine in a suitcase when she flew from Dubai into Kuala Lumpur International Airport on October 30 2009.

Takeuchi is the first Japanese convicted of drug trafficking in Malaysia. A conviction carries a mandatory death penalty.

Takeuchi's lawyer Mohamad Rafik Rahem said she was "very sad and disappointed" and her legal team would appeal against the verdict.

The court rejected Takeuchi's claim that she had not known about the drugs and was carrying the suitcase as a favour for an Iranian acquaintance.


From Belfast Telegraph