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Man Condemned for Dealing Pot, Wife Acquitted

February 24, 1990

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A court Saturday sentenced a man to hang for trafficking in marijuana but acquitted his wife, saying she didn’t know about the 21 ounces of cannabis authorities found hidden in their home.

Abdullah Zawawi Yusoff, 41, became the 248th person condemned to death for drug trafficking since Malaysia passed laws in 1975 allowing the courts to give that sentence to convicted drug dealers. Of those people, 82 have been hanged.

The High Court said in its ruling Saturday that prosecutors had failed to prove that Abdullah’s wife, Ma Kalthom Idris, 33, knew the box of marijuana had been hidden in the kitchen of their home in Kota Bahru, 240 miles northeast of Kuala Lumpur.

It was not known whether Abdullah would appeal.

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