Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian man escaped the gallows for a second time after a Malaysian court ruled a death sentence over a reduction in charges of attempted drug importation.
The 32-year-old Gobi Avedian was previously sentenced to jail for 15 years and 10 strokes of the cane. The court of appeal, however, found that the prosecution had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Gobi, who claimed that he did not know the bundles he was carrying contained heroin, had been “wilfully blind.”
A security guard is charged for smuggling drugs into Singapore mixed with chocolates. He delivered the drugs from Malaysia to Singapore on eight or nine occasions, receiving RM500 for each delivery.
The court documents state that Gobi initially refused to carry out the delivery but eventually did so because he needed money for his daughter’s operation. Gobi was detained on 11 December 2014 with 40.22-gram counts of heroin.
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