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Australian grandma sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia

25.05.2018 13:16


An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. Anyone caught with at least 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crystal meth is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and death by hanging is mandatory in the case of a conviction.

From: www.yahoo.com

Australian nun in last-minute appeal of Manila deportation

25.05.2018 13:16


An elderly Australian nun facing deportation after angering Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched a last-minute appeal against the order on Friday, the deadline for her to leave the country. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, has been accused of illegally engaging in political activism as the government cracks down on foreign critics on its soil. Duterte, who accuses the Melbourne native of "disorderly conduct", had the immigration service detain her briefly last month, after which her missionary visa was cancelled.

From: www.yahoo.com

Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia

25.05.2018 9:12


An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. The 54-year-old was cleared in December of trafficking after a High Court judge ruled she did not know she was transporting the drugs. But prosecutors challenged the decision and an appeals court overturned the acquittal Thursday, and found her guilty, her lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said. Anyone caught with at least 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crystal meth is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and death by hanging is mandatory in the case of a conviction. FAQ | Methamphetamine Shafee slammed the ruling as "perverse" and said Exposto would make a final appeal to the country's top court. "I thought there was an overwhelming case for the defence. I am shocked with the decision," he said. The mother of four argued she did not know about the hidden stash of "ice". She said she had been fooled into carrying the bag after travelling to China to see someone she met online called "Captain Daniel Smith", who had claimed to be a US serviceman. After engaging in a long online romance, Exposto had travelled to Shanghai to see "Smith". But she did not succeed in meeting her supposed love interest while there and ended up being given a bag by a stranger, who asked her to take it to Melbourne. When she arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to change flights, she mistakenly went through immigration as she was unfamiliar with the airport. She voluntarily offered her bags for customs inspection and the drugs were discovered. There are at least 900 people on death row in Malaysia, officials have said, but executions have been rare in recent years. Malaysian lawmakers have voted to amend legislation so that capital punishment is no longer mandatory in drug-trafficking cases. But the changes have not yet come into force as they must be passed by the upper house. Two Australians were hanged in Malaysia in 1986 for heroin trafficking - the first Westerners to be executed in the country - in a case that strained relations. In 2013 Dominic Bird, a former truck driver from Perth, was acquitted of drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught with 167 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

From: www.yahoo.com

MH17: Russia 'liable' for downing airliner over Ukraine

25.05.2018 7:14

Australia and the Netherlands say they will hold Russia accountable for downing flight MH17.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia responsible for downing MH17: Dutch Cabinet

25.05.2018 7:09

May 25, 2018 4:55 PM
LONDON (REUTERS) - The Netherlands said on Friday (May 25) it held the Russian state responsible for what it called its role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in July 2014 that killed all 298 aboard.

From: www.straitstimes.com

Netherlands, Australia formally accuse Russia of downing MH17

25.05.2018 6:47

Netherlands and Australia say Russia responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines in 2014 that killed 298 passengers.

From: www.aljazeera.com

Australian company loses $1 billion on UK retail investment

25.05.2018 6:41

A badly timed bet on the UK retail sector has cost one big Australian company $1 billion.

Tags: Australia, UK
From: rss.cnn.com

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia responsible in MH17 downing: Dutch cabinet

25.05.2018 6:07

The Netherlands said on Friday it held the Russian state responsible for what it called its role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in July 2014 that killed all 298 aboard.

From: feeds.reuters.com

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia responsible in MH17 downing

25.05.2018 5:34

The Netherlands said on Friday it held the Russian state responsible for what it called its role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in July 2014 that killed all 298 aboard.

From: www.dnaindia.com

MH17 : Russia 'liable' for downing airliner over Ukraine

25.05.2018 5:09

Australia and the Netherlands formally accuse Russia of responsibility for downing flight MH17.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

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