Thursday, September 17, 2020

Drug trafficking: Singapore’s Court frees Nigerian after nine years

 The Court of Appeal in Singapore has discharged and acquitted a Nigerian on death row for drug trafficking, nearly a decade after he was arrested.

In a rare decision, the country’s apex court reversed itself and found Ilechukwu Uchechukwu Chukwudi not guilty, five years after the same court convicted him of the offence.

Ilechukwu faced a charge of trafficking almost 2kg (1,963.3g) of methamphetamine found in a black trolley bag he brought with him from Nigeria into Singapore on November 13, 2011.

The charge was punishable by death.

Ilechukwu’s acquittal makes it the second time in the last two years that a Nigerian citizen has defeated a capital drugs-related offence in Singapore.

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