Iranian sent to the gallows for drug trafficking
Posted on August 4, 2012, Saturday
SHAH ALAM: An Iranian national was sentenced to death by the High Court here today after he was found guilty of trafficking in 2.849 kgs of methamphetamine at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, on Sept 24 2010.
Seyedalireza Seyedhedayatolla Ehteshamiardestani, 30, was charged under Section 39B (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
In her judgement, Judge Noor Azian Shaari said it was inconceivable that the accused had just followed the instructions of a stranger named Alizadeh, whom he claimed to have just met during a transit in Doha, Qatar, and agreed to check-in the bag containing the drugs.
“How can the accused just follow Ali’s instructions, a man he had just met? It’s clear his defence was just made up and a mere denial.
“He was caught red-handed and the prosecution successfully proved all elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, he is found guilty and sentenced to death,” she said. — Bernama