Friday, July 12, 2024

Seven rights groups fighting to keep Molapisi alive

Lesedi Molapisi’s case has been taken up by a total of seven human rights organisations, which include Botswana’s own Ditshwanelo as well as its Bangladeshi counterpart called Odhikar. For someone who will obviously have been devastated by the death sentence that was handed down last month, Molapisi might comfort in the services of an anti-death penalty group in that part of the world which has an explicit mission to provide emotional support for Death Row inmates.

Molapisi is a convicted Motswana drug mule whom Bangladesh authorities say was part of an international drug-smuggling ring. Upon entering the terminal at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital Dhaka on January 23, 2022, she went to the green channel, being the passage that arriving passengers with no goods to declare use. She had flown from the Oliver Tambo International Airport on a Qatar Airways flight via Doha. On being searched, police found over 3.146kg of heroin with a street value of P23.4 million, concealed in her luggage. She was immediately arrested and has been languishing in prison ever since.

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