May 30, 1990 |
Eight citizens of Hong Kong were executed in Kuala Lumpur for drug trafficking. Authorities rejected appeals from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the human rights group Amnesty International. The eight were convicted in 1985 of smuggling 28 pounds of heroin. Under Malaysia's 1975 law dictating a mandatory death sentence for drug trafficking, 92 people have been hanged. Under the law, no proof of an actual drug sale is required.
May 25, 1990 |
When he was arrested last November, Kerry L. Wiley of Sacramento was accused by Malaysian authorities of having 477.5 grams of marijuana in his room in a Kuala Lumpur suburb. This was a little more than a pound, and in the United States, Wiley would face at worst a misdemeanor charge of possession. But this is Malaysia, and when Wiley goes on trial next month he will face a charge of drug trafficking, which on conviction means a mandatory death sentence.