M’sian Woman Who Gave Birth In Prison Escapes Death Penalty Over Drug Trafficking Charge


The death penalty has always been a subject of intense debate, and matters become even more sensitive when pregnant women are involved.

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And this is certainly the case for a 34-year-old housewife and mother of four, R Devaki, who had to endure giving birth and raising a child while incarcerated, has been acquitted of a serious drug trafficking charge.

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The court, presided over by Judge Datin Rohani Ismail, found that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the accused, sparing her from a potential death penalty, reported Kosmo.

R devaki with her kid
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The charges against Devaki were related to an incident about two years ago when she was accused of trafficking 237.86 grams of cannabis in Bandar Dataran Segar, Port Dickson, on August 4, 2021.

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Reasonable doubt and the Judge’s decision

After carefully reviewing the evidence, Judge Rohani found reasonable doubt regarding Devaki’s possession and knowledge of the drugs.

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Therefore, the judge decided to release and acquit her without requiring her to defend herself.

During the proceedings, Judge Rohani also advised Devaki to take care of herself and be cautious about her choice of friends in the future.

This ruling reminds us of the importance of justice and the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” in the legal system.


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