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Malaysia Sentences Grandma to Hang For Trafficking

The 56-year-old Ugandan was sentenced to death when caught smuggling meth into Penang.

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Nabweteme Hadija after her verdict. Photo via

By Luke Walker

12/22/11

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A Ugandan grandmother was sentenced to the death penalty in Malaysia on Tuesday after trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the country. Malaysian custom officials at Penang International Airport discovered the 5.3 lbs stash in Nabweteme Hadija’s suitcase last September during a routine inspection, and Hadija was charged with drug trafficking­, a capital offense in Malaysia­, a country that enforces some of the worlds strictest drug laws­­ (just seven ounces of marijuana can land a death penalty verdict). While Hadija maintains she was unaware of the drugs concealed in a false compartment at the bottom of her suitcase, the judicial commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus was unconvinced. “She was going on a long journey and had packed her own clothes," Firdaus wrote. "How did she not suspect something wrong with the luggage?”

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