Thai drug arrest: Moz asks for leniency

2012-10-26 15:13

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.

  • peter.ballie.5 - 2012-10-26 15:32

    Consider the misery and crime that 6kg of Meth would have caused if she got it through. I have no sympathy for drug smugglers.

      dragonfire47 - 2012-10-26 15:37

      Hang the filth

      Divvy - 2012-10-26 16:18

      I agree with both of you. It sickens me when law abiding tax payers' money is squandered by governments to get these ruthless criminals off the hook. They don't think about the lives they destroy and in a lot of cases cause the death of another person by means of overdosing. So why are we forever fighting to keep them from the death penalty? If they know the death penalty is given to smugglers in particular countries, why do it?????

  • retlaw.yelmoc - 2012-10-26 15:51

    Hang her!

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-10-26 16:00

    That is the law of the country, why should she deserve clemency?

      Mark - 2012-10-26 16:23

      They're not asking for clemency but for leniency. She doesn't deserve either.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-26 17:47

      "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"

  • washington.munjangasinyorowekurema - 2012-10-26 16:08

    The a@#$%hole must be hanged by the neck until she is dead. Drug smugglers are a selfish lot who don't care a hoot about you and me.

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-10-27 21:08

      shasha mutupo wako maone

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-26 16:29

    Druggies sure they know the end results if they get caught, so I'm sure she was well aware. talk about the love of quick Buck, beats me.

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-10-26 16:39

    Say goodbye to another mule/dealer. The misery people like you have caused in my and others lives means you have to go one way. TO DIE

  • hennion.paul - 2012-10-26 16:40

    At least their gov tries to do something for their people, unlike the cANCer we have here.

  • andre.krige - 2012-10-26 16:42

    If it was your son or daughter who made the same mistake of smuggling , would you be as outspoken . Not that there is any right in doing it and I'm certainly not for it. Alcohol and drunk driving causes just as much destruction in this world. They may as well implement the death penalty for that crime too based on these arguments.

      maureenuys - 2012-10-26 17:04

      Yes I agree. generally the invitation to comment seems to draw poison from people's minds and hearts. - the vitriolic comments are a symptom of suppressed anger /hatred. What about restorative justice rather than punitive. The drug mules are the small fry any way.

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-26 17:01

    People know exactly what Thailand's stand is with regards to drugs. It just amazes me how once a mule is caught, everyone is up in arms when the suspect could be put to death if convicted. You're committing a crime in another country - you either abide by their rules, or don't go there.

      steveroodt - 2012-10-27 07:25

      In Rome Do As The Romans Do

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-27 13:27

      Unfortunately the average drug mule is a gullible young woman who does not know much about the world and how it operates. All that she sees is a pot of gold at the end of her journey. It is in the interests of countries such as Moz and SA to run public educational campaigns on dangers of drug trafficking instead of pleading for clemency each time a greedy sister gets nabbed abroad.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-26 18:08

    Drug smugglers and dealers destroy countless lives and deserve what they get and more. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-10-27 11:54

    What I don't get is that Thailand itself is riddled with drugs, yet drug traffickers get the death penalty. Clearly the threat of the death sentence is in no way effective. With so much international travel and globalisation ever increasing, there's surely no way to effectively combat the trafficking of narcotics. Governments need to find other ways of fighting the scourge. Firstly, legalise most drugs. That'll remove the criminal element from the trade - already that would save so many lives. Then understand and address the social reasons why people use drugs.

      sachasea - 2012-10-27 23:57

      I agree with you absolutely Malcolm. We need 21st century solutions for 21st century problems. Fact remains that the vast amount of drugs make it to their intended target. We should at the very least be controlling the supply. You can't control something when you force it into the underground control of the black market where criminals run the roost. The State should legalise, manufacture and control distribution of less harmful and non-physically addictive drugs like Ecstacy, LSD and Cannabis. That way they can focus resources on the real killer drugs like Heroin and Methamphetamine. As long as there is a demand for drugs there will be plenty of people to supply them no matter how many people you lock up or hang. We need to focus on harm minimisation.

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