Japanese woman unlikely to escape death penalty in Malaysia: lawyer

The lawyer for a Japanese woman who faces a mandatory death sentence for drug trafficking in Malaysia said Friday she is unlikely to escape a death sentence.

As Mariko Takeuchi, 36, took the stand in her defense for the first time, her lawyer Sallehuddin Saidin told reporters and officials from the Japanese embassy following her trial ‘‘the chance of her to win is very slim. At this stage, it is only her word against them.’‘

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