A Japanese nurse could face death penalty in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur. Mariko Takeuchi, a Japanese nurse of 36 years old, who worked at the Shinjuku district clinic in Tokyo, could face death penalty in Malaysia if the judges find that she is responsible of brining 3,5 grams of methamphetamine on October 31, 2010, into the country. The nurse took her own defense of her difficult case, but her lawyer, Sallehuddin Saidin, said to the press that the possibilities to demonstrate her innocence are reduced. The drug was found in a hidden compartment of a suitcase that Takeuchi said was of an acquaintance. She was traveling from Dubai to Tokyo, doing transit in Kuala Lumpur. A person she calls ‘Alex’ asked her through his driver to bring the suitcase. Takeuchi does not know the name of that driver. The drug had a value of 350 thousand US dollars on the streets.