I have 9 children… Malay single mother crying over death sentence for possessing drugs

Mandatory death penalty for paying more than 50g of banned substances
Human rights group “Abolition of mandatory death penalty”

A single mother in her 50s in Malaysia has been sentenced to death for drug possession and other charges. /[email protected] Twitter

Human rights groups raised the issue after a single mother in her 50s in Malaysia was sentenced to death for possession of drugs. It is pointed out that the death penalty is applied unfavorably to those without a socioeconomic background. The woman is said to have supported her nine children alone.

According to local media Malaysia Kinney on the 21st, the Tawau High Court in Sabah Province sentenced Hairun Zalmani (55, female) to the death penalty on the 15th for allegedly possessing and trading drugs.

On January 10, 2018, Hairun was arrested on charges of possessing 113.9g of Shabu, a type of methamphetamine, at a house in Tawau City.

Malaysia, whose state religion is Islam, imposes severe punishments on drug offenders, including the death penalty and life imprisonment.

After being sentenced to death, a video of Hairun crying as she moved out of the courtroom was spread on social media (social networking service), and human rights groups raised the issue.

The ruling, he argues, shows how Malaysia treats the poor, especially women.

The Malaysian branch of Amnesty International, an international human rights group, said, “She is a single mother raising nine children in the poorest state of Malaysia,” raising the social structural problem that forced Hairun to deal with drugs. “Why does the Malaysian government give up the right to life so easily? Are you going to let it go?” he said.

A single mother in her 50s in Malaysia cries after being sentenced to death for drug possession and other charges.  /Photo=@AADKDaerahBesut Twitter

A single mother in her 50s in Malaysia cries after being sentenced to death for drug possession and other charges. /[email protected] Twitter

According to Amnesta Malaysia, 73% of the 1,200 death row inmates as of February 2019 were drug offenders. 44% of the death row inmates, or 568, were foreigners, and 95% of the female death row inmates were drug offenders.

“These statistics support the application of the death penalty against ids with no socioeconomic background,” Amnesta Malaysia’s office said in a statement.

On the other hand, the Hairun case coincides with the case in which the court allowed former Prime Minister Najib Razak (68) and his wife, Najib Razak, to visit Singapore in preparation for the birth of their grandchild, who are being tried in a corruption scandal worth about 4.5 trillion won. guilty’ controversy.

Reporter Lee Bo-bae, Hankyung.com [email protected]

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