MALAYSIA: THREE IRANIANS SENTENCED TO DEATH
November 4, 2011: a Malaysian high court sentenced three Iranians to death by hanging after they were found guilty of trafficking drugs, state-run media reported.
The three men were detained at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in early February and brought to Serdang Hospital in Selangor state for further examination. They were eventually found to have swallowed dozens of capsules with a combined total of 859.9 grams (30.3 ounces) of syabu, the local word for methamphetamine.
The defendants had come from Iran to Malaysia to find work and claimed they thought the capsules contained bodybuilding steroids, vitamins and powdered toothpaste. But Judge Datuk Mohtarudin Baki rejected this, saying the claims "did not hold water," according to the Bernama state-run news agency. (Sources: Channel6newslonine.com, 04/11/2011)