Couple plead not guilty to Malaysia drugs charges

26th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A British woman and her Malaysian husband Wednesday pleaded not guilty to drugs possession and trafficking charges that carry the death penalty on conviction, a Malaysian court official said.

The couple were arrested in December after police seized drugs including heroin and ecstasy worth over 75,000 ringgit (24,000 dollars) from their home in northern Terengganu state.

"Shivaun Orton and her husband Abdul Harris Fadilah pleaded not guilty to the eight charges of possessing and trafficking drugs," district magistrate court official S. Idabariyanurmi told AFP.

"As the chemistry reports have yet to be submitted to the courts, the next mention has been set for March 31," she said.

The official said that the capital charges of trafficking and possession will be heard in the state's High Court while the remaining six charges involving lesser offences will be heard in the magistrate's court.

State anti-narcotics chief Roslan Abdul Wahid said the couple have been denied bail and that police have completed their investigation and submitted their report to state prosecutors.

He said the couple had been married for 20 years, and ran a holiday chalet business at the popular beach resort of Cherating.

© 2011 AFP

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