KOTA KINABALU - A Malaysian couple arrested with 6kg of heroin in Taiwan will be charged in court later this month, said a Malaysian trade representative there.
Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC) Taipei president Datuk Yong Teck Shing said the two are expected to face charges of drug trafficking, which carries the death penalty in Taiwan.
The two Sabahans, a 35-year-old man from Tawau and a 28-year-old woman from Penampang, were detained at the Kaohsiung international airport on Oct 15 when customs officials found the drugs hidden in their suitcase.
However, family members in Sabah who declined to be identified said the two, who initially told Taiwanese police that they were just married and were on honeymoon, are believed to be just friends.
Yong said MFTC officials had met the couple, whom he said had hired their own lawyers to represent them.
The two were arrested shortly after they arrived on a Dragon Air flight from KL International Airport.
Three packets of drugs were hidden in secret compartments in their suitcase.
Both of them told Taiwanese police that they had just got married about a month ago and had come to Taiwan for their honeymoon.
The woman claimed she was unaware of the drugs, while the man said a prospective employer had promised to hire him if he helped to carry a suitcase to someone in Taiwan.