Photo: Nigerian Narrowly Escapes Death Sentence In Malaysia

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A Nigerian national who claimed he swallowed capsules
containing “precious stones” escaped the gallows today, for drug
trafficking but was jailed and ordered to be whipped for possession of drugs.
A Court of Appeal three-man panel led by Justice Datuk
Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat sentenced Abuchi Ngwoke, 31, to 20 years jail and 10
strokes of whipping after convicting him for possession of 251.66 grammes of
methamphetamine.
The court unanimously allowed Ngwoke’s appeal to set aside a
Melaka High Court’s decision to convict and sentence him to death for
trafficking drugs in 2012.
In his defence, Ngwoke claimed the swallowed
“precious stones” which were wrapped, with soup after a man named
Chibike told him that it contained precious stone gold dust which was used in
jewellery-making in Malaysia. 27 capsules containing methamphetamine were
removed from his stomach at a Malaysian hospital that year. Lucky man!

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