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Kenyan woman sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug trafficking

A 40-year-old Kenyan woman has been sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court after she was found guilty of drug trafficking.

According to the Malaysian Daily Express, Rose Achieng Ojala had stuffed three capsules of about 400gm of methamphetamine into her genitals and swallowed another 68 capsules during an offense that was committed four years ago.

Ms Ojala was charged with trafficking the drugs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport after arriving from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 30, 2013.

Her suspicious behaviour during the regular luggage inspection prompted Immigration officials to stop her and on inspection three capsules of methamphetamine, weighing more than 20g, were found in her underwear.


She admitted that her boyfriend had stuffed the capsules into her vagina before she boarded the flight.

Ms Ojala, who claimed that she was pregnant at the time, was later taken to the Serdang Hospital, where an x-ray examination revealed that she had swallowed 68 capsules of the drug weighing more than 380gm.

Rose Achieng Ojala being taken to a court room in Malaysia on a wheelchair. PHOTO | COURTESY
Rose Achieng Ojala being taken to a court room in Malaysia on a wheelchair. PHOTO | COURTESY

Ms Ojala stood motionless when High Court judge Wong Teck Meng made the sentence on Sunday.

In convicting Ojala, Wong said the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.


“You are found guilty and there is no other punishment under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1962 except the death sentence,” the judge ruled.

Ojala was also sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for possessing 20.7g of methamphetamine in her underwear.

Counsel Suzanawati Ismail, in mitigation, said her client was a single mother and had three children aged between 4 and 15.

The mother of three had fainted before the proceedings and had to be taken into the court room in a wheelchair.