Tuesday December 4, 2007 (Star)
Malaysian gets death for drugs in China
PASIR PUTEH (Kelantan): A 24-year-old woman from Kelantan has been sentenced to death by the Guangzhou High Court in China for trafficking in 2,983gm of heroin.
Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim was sentenced on May 15 and has two years from the date of conviction to file an appeal.
Her mother, Umi Slaia Ibrahim, 45, said the family had not heard from her for a year and was shocked to receive a letter dated July 12 from Wisma Putra stating that her daughter was being held in China since Jan 19.
The drugs were found in Umi Azlim's luggage on arrival in Shantou.
Umi Azlim is a Universiti Malaysia Sabah graduate and said to have been working for a company selling foot massage equipment in Kuala Lumpur.
Her mother said Umi Azlim was frequently sent abroad as she was fluent in English.
“She used to call home regularly but the calls stopped in January,” she said.
Another Malaysian, Raja Munirah Raja Iskandar, 22, is being held at Tokyo's Kosuke detention centre also for drug smuggling. – Bernama