Thai drug arrest: Moz asks for leniency

2012-10-26 15:13

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Maputo - Mozambique will ask Thailand to consider clemency for a woman who faces the death sentence after she was caught with 6kg  of methamphetamine at Phuket International Airport, an official said on Friday.

Monica Ferreira Novela, 30, has yet to stand trial after she was detained earlier this month. Mozambique fears she is likely to get the death penalty if convicted.

"We are doing everything possible to avoid this sentence being effected," Justino Tonnela of the Mozambican Justice Ministry's Legal Advice Department told AFP.

Transport Minister Paulo Zucula is due in Bangkok on official business this week and will raise the issue with Thailand's government.

"We are doing everything possible through diplomatic channels," said Tonnela, adding that Mozambique's ambassador to Indonesia [who is also responsible for Thailand] was on his way to the Thai capital to join the bid for clemency.

Mozambique has no bilateral accords with Thailand that could help an extradition bid.

The South Asian country metes out severe punishments for drug trafficking including the death sentence

"We know it is a delicate case but we hope the Mozambican government's call will be considered," said Tonnela.

Read more on:    mozambique  |  thailand  |  narcotics  |  southern africa

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