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Australian grandmother convicted in Malaysia of drug smuggling: the two-way: NPR



Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was escorted by the police during a trial in Malaysia in December, where she was relieved of drug smuggling charges. On Thursday, an appeals court reversed the verdict and sentenced them to death by hanging.

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Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was escorted by the police during a trial in Malaysia in December, where she was relieved of drug smuggling charges. On Thursday, an appeals court overturned the sentence and sentenced it to death by hanging.

Sadiq Asyraf / AP

An Australian woman was sentenced on Thursday by a Malaysian appeals court after being convicted of drug trafficking in the country.

The lawyer of Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto said that the verdict will be challenged.

"An appeal is filed in the Federal Court of Justice – the final appeal," said lawyer Muhamed Shafee to CNN.

Exposto, 54, was arrested in December 2014 in the capital Kuala Lumpur on the way to Sydney from Shanghai.

She was scheduled to take a connecting flight, but was arrested after carrying her suitcases through a security scanner at the airport, and more than three pounds of crystalline methamphetamine were found in one of the bags.

Exposto, a mother of four and a grandmother, said she had no idea she was carrying the drugs.

She had traveled to China to meet with a man who said he was an American service member with whom she had developed an online romance

which sewn drugs into the lining of the bag given by the man who gave his name to "Captain Daniel Smith" from the US Special Forces, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.