HONG KONG-(MaraviPost)-A court in Hong Kong, China has sentenced a Malawian woman Estina Mukasera aged 30 to 24 years imprisonment with hard labor after she was found guilty of drug trafficking.
Estina was arrested in Hong Kong after she was found in possession of 2.2kgs of cocaine in August 2018.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial powers devolved from the national government.
Nigerian nationals involved into drug trafficking in Malawi sent her to Hong Kong in 2018 to deliver the parcel of which she claimed she wasn’t aware what was in the bag.
Malawi Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Rejoice Shumba confirmed Estina’s sentence saying government tried its best to provide legal support for Mukasera.
“Kukasera was was found guilty and as per country’s laws, she was sentenced to 24 years jail term. As government, the court role was to ensure she was represented in court and her case was heard impartially. All that was done until the time of passing judgement,” says Shumba.
Reacting to the development Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) Chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba says his organisation has written Foreign Affairs Ministry and other government agencies to have the convict Mukasera repatriated home.
Mkwezalamba insisted that Mukasera was a victim of trafficking hence ” We can use her experiences to speak against the vice”.
HRCC has been pursuing the matter since the lady was arrested in 2018 and has previously engaged Malawi government to request China to send Mukasera back home.