Woman from Thailand sentenced to death after being found guilty of trafficking cocaine in her genital parts

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30- year-old Chonmanee Laphathanawat from Thai province
of Rayong was yesterday August 27th sentenced to death by a High Court
after finding her guilty of trafficking in
689.10gm of cocaine in 70 capsules hidden in her anus and her private
parts. 
Laphathanawat, who was detained at the
Penang
International Airport in Bayan Lepas in February 2013, looked calm but
dejected when Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan
pronounced the
verdict. She was charged with committing the offence from about 12.50am
on Feb 13 to Feb 16, 2013 at the Penang General Hospital.
Her
court-assigned defence counsel, K Thangeswaran told the court she was
unaware the capsules contained cocaine, thinking they contained gems.
She said she was forced by some people to swallow the capsules in Brazil
with other capsules forcibly inserted into her private parts. It was
argued that she had not felt well and was asleep throughout her journey
from Brazil to Malaysia via Barcelona, Spain and Singapore.
Chonmanee said she sought help from Penang airport police when she could no
longer bear the pain in her abdomen. Deputy public prosecutor Amir
Hamdzah Othman said Chonmanee failed to produce any witnesses or
evidence to substantiate her claims. Mr Nordin said the defence had
failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt. He said Chonmanee
failed to inform authorities in Barcelona or Singapore before her flight
to Penang about her plight.

     “She could also have checked the
contents of the capsules in her private parts. Her ‘wilful blindness’
did not help her defence. I am satisfied that the prosecution has proven
a prima facie case against her.”
Source- Malaymail

Photo credit- Sayuti Zainudin

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