Australian woman jailed in Malaysia on drug charges pleads to be released

September 26, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: An Australian woman arrested on drug charges in Malaysia and could face the death penalty, made a plea from her jail cell for her release this week.

Emma L’Aiguille broke down when she was visited by her sister for the first time since her arrest.

The mother of 6 pleaded, “Get me out of here.”

According to a report in AdelaideNow, the Australian woman was in tears when her younger sister, Amber Lawn arrived to the Kajang Prison just outside Kuala Lumpur.

L’Aiguille was arrested on July 17 will a reported one kilogram of methamphetamine. She begged her family not to give up on her.

In meeting her sister, she talked about never making it back to Australia and her children in Victoria.

“Get me out of here. I don’t want to come back here on Monday (after a scheduled court appearance). I don’t know how I’ll cope if I’m sent back here,” she told Lawn, the Australian newspaper reported.

In Malaysia, anyone found in possession of 50 grams of a drug or more is considered to be a trafficker, an offense for which the death sentence is mandatory.

Another Australian was detained and charged with trafficking in March.

The man, Dominic Bird, has pleaded not guilty and his trial is scheduled to begin in November. While there is hope that he will be freed, history suggests foreigners get little reprieve from the Malaysian justice system.

The woman was arrested with a Nigerian man on suspicion of attempting to sell over one kilogram of methamphetamine.

Police officials told that the couple was arrested after police became suspicious of their vehicle and approached them, only to discover the drugs in the car.

The Nigerian man has not been identified.


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