Woman Gets Death Sentence for Marijuana in Malaysia

The Sultan Ismail Petra Arch in Kota Bharu, Malaysia.The Sultan Ismail Petra Arch in Kota Bharu, Malaysia.KOTA BARU: The High Court here today passed the mandatory death sentence on a Thai woman after she was found guilty of trafficking in cannabis five years ago.

Judge Datuk Muhamad Ideres Muhamad Rapee ordered the sentence after the prosecution managed to prove a prima facie against Roseedah Cheubong, 41.

Roseedah, who was clad in a red baju kurung, was seen shedding tears when the sentence was passed on her.

Earlier, Roseedah’s counsel Zamri Mat Nawang pleaded for leniency, saying that she was a single mother doing various odd jobs after her divorce to fend for herself and her teenage child, and that she regretted her action.

Deputy public prosecutor Wan Abd Razak Wan Hussin, however, asked for the appropriate sentence in view of the gravity of the offence.

Roseedah had on Feb 3, 2004 at 7.45pm, in front of the Mobil petrol station in Kampung Padang Pak Amat, Pasir Puteh, trafficked in cannabis weighing 1.04kg.

She was charged under 39B(1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence.

– Article from New Straits Times on August 19, 2009.