Australian Grandmother Sentenced To Death Over Drug Smuggling

In Malaysia

Australian Grandmother Sentenced To Death Over Drug Smuggling AAP

An Australian grandmother has been sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug smuggling.

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, 54, from Sydney was found with 1.5kg of crystal methamphetamine at Kuala Lumpur Airport in 2014.

She was acquitted in December last year of drug trafficking charges, however the prosecution appealed.

It was alleged that Ms Exposto fell for an online romance scam, with 9 News reporting that she was lured to carry the drugs by a man who claimed to be a US soldier based in Afghanistan.

The drugs were found inside a stitched compartment of a backpack Ms Exposto was carrying.

In Malaysia, there is currently a mandatory death penalty for anyone found with more than 50g of an illegal drug.

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