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Malaysian woman arrested for drugs in China

Wednesday November 24, 2010

A YOUNG Malaysian woman has been detained in Meilan Airport, China, for suspected drug trafficking, Deputy Foreign Minister A. Kohilan Pillay said.

Christina Anak Luke Niju, an Iban from Tawau, was being investigated by the Anti-Smuggling Bureau of Haikou District, he told Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan).

The consul-general of Malaysia based in Guangzhou, China, had visited Christina on Aug 6.

“The Government takes a serious view on Malaysians being used as drug mules. Several campaigns were also launched to increase public awareness,” he said.

A total of 149 Malaysian women were arrested overseas for drug trafficking, he added.

“Many women become drug mules because they are duped by international syndicates,” he said.

It was also reported that Umi Azlim Mohammed Lazim, convicted by a court in Guangzhou for drug trafficking, had her death sentence reduced to life imprisonment.

Kohilan also said the Foreign Ministry had written to Singapore pleading for clemency for Yong Vui Kong who was convicted for drug trafficking.

“The letter was given to Singa*pore Foreign Minister George Yeo during the Asean meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 20,” he said.

Kohilan said the Singaporean Foreign Ministry had replied to Malaysia on July 30 that it would take into account all factors and documents before making a decision on the case.

Sabahan Yong, 22, who was sentenced to death, will have his appeal heard on Jan 17.
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/11/24/parliament/7490581&sec=parliament
 
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