Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death in Malaysia

Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death in Malaysia

Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death in Malaysia

"Australia opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people", Bishop said in a statement. "You will win and you will walk away", the lawyer was reported as saying.

Exposto was sentenced to death on Tuesday after a panel of three judges threw out her previous ruling.

Upon leaving Shanghai, Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was approached by a stranger, who asked her to take a backpack back to Melbourne.

"She was tricked into carrying the bag because of what we now call the internet scam, internet romance".

Sydney grandmother Maria Exposto has been sentenced to death for drug smuggling. "She is not a drug trafficker". "I am shocked with the decision", he said.

The drugs were sewn into the lining of a bag that had been given to her by her boyfriend, whom she had met online.

"The accused closed an eye to the truth as she should have checked what was in the bag", government lawyer Muhammad Azmi Mashud told reporters.

She was scheduled to catch a connecting flight but was detained after she put her bags through an airport security scanner and more than 3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine was detected inside one of the bags. Exposto said that she did not know about the drugs, which were discovered by an X-ray machine.

Malaysia's drug laws are notoriously strict - with a mandatory death sentence for anyone found guilty of carrying more than 50 grams (1¾ ounces).

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Last year, Malaysian lawmakers voted to abolish mandatory death sentences for drug offenses and did not execute anyone for drug-related offenses that year, according to Harm Reduction International, a nongovernmental organization partly funded by the European Union that tracks death-penalty laws for drug offenses globally.

The 54-year-old Australian grandmother had traveled to China in 2014 in hopes of meeting her boyfriend, a man she had met online years before who claimed to be Capt. Daniel Smith, a USA service member.

However, she does have the right of appeal.

"We find the merits of the appeal, we allow the appeal and set aside the judgment of the judge and find her guilty as convicted".

However, she was unable to leave the country after case prosecutors chose to repeal the case, asking that the older woman instead be sentenced to death.

Three Australians have been hanged for drugs offences in Malaysia since 1986.

The country carried out four executions in 2017, down from nine the year before.

The new appeal will reportedly be lodged today.

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