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- Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 16:59
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A Nigerian and an Australian were, on Tuesday, docked before a Malaysian court for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine. The duo face the possibility of death by hanging if found guilty.
The Nigerian, Anthony Ndidi, and the Australian, Emma L’Aiguille were both charged in a Kuala Lumpur court for being in possession of one kilogramme (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine.
The Malaysian police said the accused persons were arrested two weeks ago with the illicit drugs.
While Australian High Commission officials were present at the court with a lawyer to defend their national, the Nigerian was not represented by legal counsel at the hearing.
Although no plea was taken, L’Aiguille's lawyer said his client was innocent. He also complained that a Malaysian police officer slapped her during interrogation.
L’Aiguille, a nurse who was in Malaysia as a tourist, had visited the country several times over the past two years. She was in a car with her co-defendant when police arrested them on the ground that drugs were later found in the car.
The attorney, Muhammad Abdullah, said two other Nigerians had also been in the car but they fled before the arrest. According to him, one of them was the accused person's boyfriend, and the police are currently on his trail.
The case was adjourned till October 1.