Second Thai Woman to Hang In Malaysia in 15 Months for Drugs Offence

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Malaysia has once again imposed its draconian death penalty for drugs on a Thai single mother. The latest court ruling was for smuggling 713.8 gm of cocaine by plane from Argentina. The woman was intercepted at a bus terminal en route to Thailand.

November 20, 2010: For the second time in slightly over a year a Thai single mother has been given the death sentence for drug-related offences in Malaysia. In the latest case, Phrueksa Taemchim, 26, was sentenced to hang on Nov18, for smuggling 98 capsules containing 713.8 gm of cocaine while in transit from Buenos Aires to Thailand via Kuala Lumpur International Airport. In the earlier case, Malaysian resident, Roseedah Cheubong, 41, mother of a teenage son, from Thailand was sentenced to death on August 28, 2009, for trafficking 1.04kg of cannabis. Of the 12 death sentences imposed last year by Malaysian courts, 10 of these were for drug trafficking, and eight involved marijuana, which is widely regarded as a class 2 drug and legal in Holland. Human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, are currently campaigning internationally to end the death penalty for drug offences.


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