She was aged 21 when she got detained, and she was pregnant. Lopatnina claimed she had chocolate in her plastic bags, although, the law enforcement officers have allegedly seized cocaine.
The judge who passed the sentence noted that she had enough time to check her plastic bags, which she brought to Kuala Lumpur from Dubai, and then to Penang.
‘Instead of checking the bags, where according to her was the chocolate, she just decided to close her eyes on it,’ he said.
Earlier, Klavdia Lopatkina was given a charge under the Art 30 (B) of 1952 Law about dangerous drugs, which provides capital punishment through hanging. However, Malaysia intends to lift capital punishment by changing to life imprisonment.
The outlet reports that Lopatkina cried after the judge announced the sentence. Her husband was waiting for her next to the session hall. Having learned the decision of the court, he tried to reach her but Lopatkina was taken away by the Police.