Grandma Unknowingly Smuggled Meth To Malaysia. She's Sentenced To Death


She was acquitted in December previous year of drug trafficking charges, however the prosecution appealed.

In a statement Thursday to News Corp Australia, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, "Australia opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people".

"You will win and you will walk away", Ms Abdullah told Ms Exposto.

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was exonerated by the High Court last December on grounds that she didn't know there were 1.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in her bag when she was arrested in December 2014 at Kuala Lumpur's worldwide airport.

According to SBS, Exposto's lawyers said she had gone to Shanghai to file documents in relation to her boyfriend's retirement from service in the United States army.

Sydney woman Maria Exposto has been sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug smuggling.

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The latest decision comes five months after Exposto was acquitted of drug trafficking.

Exposto was handcuffed in court where she was consoled by her lawyers and Australian Embassy officials after the verdict.

She was booked on a connecting flight to Melbourne and could have stayed in the airport's transit areas without having to pass through the security checkpoint.

Judge wishes her good luck as she has a final round of appeal in the Federal Court.

Exposto maintains she did not know about the hidden stash of "ice".

The drugs were found inside a stitched compartment of a backpack Ms Exposto was carrying.

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The court has previously heard Ms Exposto fell victim to an internet romance scam and that she was tricked into believing she was in Shanghai to lodge documents for her online boyfriend's retirement from service in the USA army.

The Sydney grandmother sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug smuggling has told her lawyer not to worry as they will win their appeal case because "it's obvious I'm innocent". She said Exposto was shocked but calm.

However, she does have the right of appeal. "You are convicted and will suffer death by hanging", said Justice Mohtaruddin Baki who chaired a three-man bench.

Malaysia, like other countries in Southeast Asia, imposes harsh penalties for drug offences.

Exposto was acquitted of the crime in December 2017 when the judge ruled she had been groomed for two years by the man, with whom she had fallen in love, and been scammed into carrying the rucksack, which had been given to her in Shanghai.

Melissa Cunningham reports breaking news for The Age.

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