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Romanian sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug trafficking



A 21-year-old Romanian was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for drug trafficking, Mediafax reports by quoting the online edition of New Straits Times. Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir said the defense has failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case. The man, a part-time driver, is suspected of having trafficked 1,494 grams of methamphetamine discovered when his luggage was checked on the Kuala Lumpur international airport on June 26, 2012. The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reported that the death penalty decision for drug trafficking of the Romanian citizen in Malaysia is not final, as it can be appealed according to the domestic legislation of Malaysia. “This is the first stage of the trial, there are two other ways to lodge an appeal,” MAE informs. In addition, MAE said that Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean sent a letter to his Malaysian counterpart to express his concern for the Romanian citizen sentenced to death and make an appeal for “the review of his case as to avoid the death penalty sentence.” At the same time, the representative of the Malaysian Embassy in Romania was called on Wednesday at the MAE headquarters to discuss with the Romanian officials on this matter.

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