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Botswana Woman, Lesedi Molapisi Sentenced to Death for Drug Smuggling in Bangladesh

In a shocking turn of events, Botswana woman Lesedi Molapisi has been sentenced to death in Bangladesh for attempting to smuggle 3kg of heroin into the country.

The news of her death sentence was revealed by blogger Setlhomo Raymond Tshwanelang on Facebook, and it has sent shockwaves across the globe.

“Lesedi Molapisi has been sentenced to death in Bangladesh by Judge Md. Aminul Islam, on Monday the 27th. Lesedi is a Motswana lady who attempted to smuggle 3kg Heroin into Bangladesh in 2022.”

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The severity of the punishment highlights Bangladesh’s strict zero-tolerance policy towards drug smuggling.

Judge Md. Aminul Islam delivered the verdict on Monday, the 27th of May, emphasizing the gravity of the offense. This case also brought to light the stark contrast in the fate of Molapisi and her co-conspirator, Mahibul Islam Masood, a Bangladesh national who was acquitted.

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Lesedi Molapisi’s arrest at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh on January 23, 2022, marked the beginning of a harrowing journey through the country’s legal system. She was apprehended after authorities discovered the illicit drugs concealed in her luggage following her arrival from South Africa via a Qatar Airways flight. Her unwitting presence at the airport coincided with heightened vigilance due to suspicions of narcotics smuggling.

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Setlhomo, a source close to the case, has indicated that Molapisi retains the right to appeal her death sentence. However, the slim likelihood of a successful appeal suggests that she may face an extended period on death row. This aspect of the case raises ethical and legal questions about the fairness and efficacy of the judicial process in such situations, prompting further scrutiny of the proceedings and potential avenues for recourse.

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