I was set up, says Aussie with syabu in Malaysia

I was set up, says Aussie with syabu in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA - The 51-year-old Australian woman who was caught with 1.5kg of syabu at the KL International Airport claimed that she was set up.

According to the Australian media, the mother of four told her lawyers Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and Tania Scivetti that she had been asked to carry the bag, in which the drugs were found, for a US soldier stationed in Afghanistan.

The Australian newspaper quoted Muhammad Shafee as saying that his client said she had been led to believe that the bag contained documents for the soldier's retirement.

She collected the bag in Shanghai and was told that someone would collect it from her in Melbourne, according to The Australian report.

When contacted, Muhammad Shafee said the woman's remand had been extended for another five days and she is expected to appear in court on Dec 19.

He said she would likely be charged under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Muhammad Shafee declined to verify reports by the Australian press, adding simply that his client "did not know the drugs were in her bag".

Muhammad Shafee was the lawyer who represented Dominic Bird, 34, who escaped the death penalty after the High Court acquitted him of drug trafficking in September last year.

Bird was caught with 167gm of syabu and was said to have tried to supply the drugs to an undercover police officer in 2012.

The Court of Appeal rejected an appeal by the prosecution to overturn hisacquittal in July this year.

Customs officers found the drugs hidden in a secret compartment in the Australian woman's bag while she was on transit at KLIA at about 5pm on Dec 7.

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