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EMMA L’Aiguille faced court yesterday in Kuala Lumpur over an alleged seizure of methamphetamine in the car in which she was travelling.

Lawyers for L’Aiguille, the Australian mother of six accused of drug trafficking and facing the death penalty if convicted, have asked the prosecution to drop the charges, promising that she will act as a witness in any related cases.

Emma L'Aguille faced court today in Kuala Lumpur  in  relation to an alleged seizure of methamphetamines in the car she was travelling in.

Emma L’Aguille


L’Aiguille, who was arrested in July when police allegedly found more than one kilogram of methamphetamine in the back seat of the car she was driving, made a brief appearance in the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court yesterday and the case was adjourned to November 9. L’Aiguille, 34, sobbed as she hugged her mother and sister over the wooden partition that divides the public gallery from the dock.

Prosecutors had been expected to present a chemist’s report that would confirm the quantity of drugs seized from the car. But it was not yet ready.

L’Aiguille has been charged under Malaysia’s Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries a mandatory death sentence for anyone found in possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamines.

If the chemist’s report confirms that the drugs totalled 50 grams or more, lawyers expect her case will be sent to the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, for L’Aiguille, said he had written to the prosecution two weeks ago asking for the charges to be dropped. He does not expect to hear from the prosecution until it receives the chemist’s report.

”She will become a witness for whatever she knows about the matter,” Mr Shafee said outside the court. If the case was sent to trial, he was ”very confident” that L’Aiguille would be acquitted because she had no knowledge of the drugs.

”In Emma’s case, I’m very confident because so far we have found nothing that implicates her,” he said. But he conceded she was facing ”very serious” charges.

L’Aiguille has told her lawyers that her Nigerian boyfriend and another Nigerian man were in the back seat of the car, but got out before the police searched the vehicle.

She had not heard from the boyfriend since her arrest and her lawyers have been told that police have so far been unable to find him. The other Nigerian has also been charged with trafficking.

”The police must have been observing so it cannot be the case that they never saw the two men leaving the car. I hope they tell the truth and Emma is as good as free,” Mr Shafee said.

He suspected the other men were the target of a police operation and: ”She happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

L’Aiguille, who was handcuffed and dressed in black, pulled a scarf over her head when she entered the courtroom.

She is the second Australian to be charged with drug trafficking in Malaysia this year. Dominic Bird, 32, from Perth, was arrested in March after allegedly trying to sell methamphetamine to an undercover police officer. He faces trial in early December.

The last Australian hanged in Malaysia was Sydney man Michael McAuliffe, who was put to death in 1993. Two other Australians, Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers, both from Perth, were hanged in 1986. All three had been convicted of drug trafficking.


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