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Two Malaysians likely to face death penalty DENPASAR - Two Malaysians accused of acting as couriers trying to smuggle narcotics into Indonesia now face the very real possibility of death before a firing squad. Boo Guan Teik (46) and Chang Cheng Weng (39), who were apprehended by Custom's officials at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport have been formally charged by prosecutors.

The two men who hail from Penang were arrested on January 20th after arriving on a flight from Hong Kong with 2 kilograms of sabu-sabu (methamphetamine). Further investigation by officials revealed each man had one kilogram of narcotics taped to his torso. They are charged with with multiple drug crimes that carry a possible penalty of life in prison or death.

Lawyers representing the two men insist the drugs did not belong to their clients who were "only" working as "mules" or couriers for a drug lord based in Hong Kong who had paid them each US$1,000 to deliver the drugs to a contact in Bali. The attorney for the men told that it would be fundamentally unfair to punish his clients with death when they were acting only in the capacity of couriers.


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Posted in Drugs @ 28 March 2010 01:44 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





FredC
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So, they admitted they did it. You can't be that stupid, that you don't know that you may have the dead penalty when smuggling drugs to RI.
Lost case attorney. No sorry for that lot.



monyet
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It's not always that black & white. It might just be a situation where they are threatened with death unless they do some drug trafficking. If it's just for the money, I can hardly imagine that anyone would risk death for a lousy US$1,000.
Having said that, I am against death sentence in any way but that's another discussion.



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1000 dollars can be a lousy amount for you maybe,but for a lot of Asian people that is the jackpot.
And i don't believe that they did'nt know what kind of possible punishment they can get,when caught.
So, for the rest i agree with FredC: don't feel sorry for them, with some luck they get a life sentence



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I hope, we don't have another discussion about death penalties.
Although ethically not correct, we all have to respect the decisions of a nation, as they can make that for themselves. These guys knew what they were up to, and what the consequences may have been. Too late for crying now.
But, agreed, it is their right to try everything possible to get from underneath any penalty. I wish them good luck, but it won't happen this time, I am afraid.



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