Filipina in Malaysian drug trafficking case acquitted, released from Malaysian prison

June 29, 2009 9:04 am 

MANILA, June 29 — A Filipino woman identified as Armah D. Candelario has been moved out of Kajang prison in Malaysia following her acquittal on June 25 of drug trafficking charges, later downgraded to drug possession, in August 2008, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported today.

She is moved to the custody of Malaysian immigration authorities who are now clearing her exit documents for immediate repatriation to Manila, Ambassasor to Kuala Lumpur Victoriano Lecaros Jr. said in a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Her family in Manila has been informed of the repatriation, DFA said.

She was originally charged with the trafficking of 450.8 grams of heroin and 175.8 grams of monoacetylmorphine last August but it was amended to drug possession.

The Malaysian High Court, who ordered the woman’s acquittal said “there was reasonable doubt as to whether Candelario had knowledge of the contents of a leather travel bag a friend asked her to deliver to another individual.”

Records showed that Candelario arrived in Malaysia by trafficking through the internet in September 2007. During the investigation of her case, Candelario claimed she was recruited by a Zambian national whom she met through the internet.

Using Malaysia as her base between November 2007 to August 2008, she traveled to India, China, and Vietnam. On these trips, she brought with her a piece of luggage that supposedly belonged to another friend.

The DFA did not give further details of the incident, nor was it clear if the Filipino would also face charges in the Philippines. (PNA)

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