Japanese Woman Faces Malaysian Death Sentence for Drug Smuggling

A Japanese woman faces the death penalty in Malaysia after she lost an appeal against a conviction for transporting 4kg of cocaine.

The defendant, 38-year-old Mariko Takeuchi, was found carrying the cocaine in a suitcase at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in October 2012. Takeuchi has maintained that she did not know the contents of the suitcase and that someone she knew had asked her to carry the luggage.

Takeuchi appealed the lower court ruling, but the Supreme Court found no reason to overturn the decision and has upheld the death sentence. Takeuchi’s lawyer says the judgment was unfair and is considering an appeal.


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