An Iranian woman was sent to the gallows by the High Court here for trafficking
in 1,760gm of methamphetamine at the KL International Airport 2 years ago.
Judge Noor Azian Shaari passed the sentence after the prosecution managed to
prove their case against Kobra Taba Seidali, 49, beyond any reasonable doubt.
Noor Azian said Kobra and her brother, Jalil, were charged with and tried for
the same offence.
However, at the end of the prosecution's case, the court ordered Kobra to enter
defence, but freed Jalil from the charge after the prosecution failed to prove
a prima facie case against him.
Noor Azian said Kobra, in her defence, claimed that the drugs found hidden in
her luggage were placed there by Jalil's wife, Mariam, at the Damascus Airport
in Syria and that she did not know anything about it.
"In this case, the accused's defence are unreasonable, unbelievable and failed
to raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case.
"Thus, the court finds the accused guilty and sentences her to death," Noor
Azian said. Kobra committed the offence at the baggage claim area at the
Arrival Hall of the KLIA at 10.45pm on Feb 2, 2010.
She was charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which
carries a mandatory death penalty.
Throughout the trial, the prosecution called 10 witnesses, while the defence