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Malaysians Will Get Fair Trial In MALTA, Says Honorary Consul

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 (Bernama) — The two Malaysian women facing drug trafficking charges in Malta will receive a fair trial, the country’s honorary consul in Malaysia Paul Vincent Galea says.

The “I am sure they will get a fair trial. I don’t think they need to worry as they will be treated well. According to Malta’s laws you are innocent unless proven guilty,” he told Bernama.

The women — Dayang Sakienah Mat Lazim, 20, from Bukit Payung, Terengganu, and Azura Maizura Alias, 21, from Pulau Pangkor, Perak, were arrested separately in the Mediterranean island in March.

Their cases will be heard in court on May 5.
Galea said Malta had a transparent judiciary system and its laws were based on Roman laws as well some French laws. According to Amnesty International, Malta abolished death penalty for all crimes in 2000.
Galea also said there should not be much problem in getting halal food as there were Muslim communities in Malta. Statistics show there are some 3,000 Muslims living in Malta.

“I don’t think there is a language problem as well. Being a Commonwealth country, English is widely spoken,” he said and added that Maltese and English were the official languages there.

About Malaysians visiting Malta which is a small and densely populated island nation of some 400,000 people, Galea said only a very small number of Malaysians tourists going there, mostly by cruise ships.

Currently, Malaysia’s ambassador to Libya is also accredited to Malta.

— BERNAMA
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May 02, 2008 19:46 PM