Zambian faces possible death sentence in Malaysia over drugs

A Zambian electrician has been ordered by the High Court in the Malaysian City of Penang to enter his defence on a drug possession charge.

Judicial Commissioner Nurmala Salim handed down the ruling Friday 21, (today) after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a prima facie case against Kasanda Emanuel.

She said that based on the testimony of witnesses, Emanuel was aware that it was an offence to bring in the drugs into the country and that the amount involved was not for self-consumption.

She set June 21 to continue hearing the case.

Emanuel, 27, is charged with possessing 159.82gm of heroin and 26.1gm of monocetylmorphines in the toilet of the Balik Pulau police station between 1.30pm and 7.50pm on Oct 14, 2006.

The drugs, in 37 rubber packets which he had swallowed, was found after he emptied his bowel.

If convicted, Emanuel faces the mandatory death sentence under Section 39 (b) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Emanuel is represented by lawyer R.S.N Rayer, while deputy public prosecutor Yusairi Amir Abdul Karim prosecuted.

According to Wikipedia, Penang (pronounced /p??næ?/; Malay: Pulau Pinang IPA: [?pula? ?pina?]) is a state in Malaysia, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous.

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