Australian escapes death with Malaysia drugs acquittal
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - An Australian truck driver was acquitted of drug trafficking by a Malaysian court on Wednesday, ending an 18-month ordeal in which he faced a mandatory death sentence if convicted.
"I'm very surprised. It's good news. I'm going to get a few things in order and just get my butt out of the country," Dominic Bird said.
Bird was arrested on March 1, 2012 for alleged possession of 167 grams of methamphetamine and charged with drug trafficking.
Anyone in possession of at least 50 grams of methamphetamine is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia.