TBILISI, DFWatch – The second of two Georgians has been saved from execution for drug crimes in Malaysia.
Babutsa Gordadze had her death sentence changed into eight years in jail. She has already served two years in a Malaysian jail. Earlier, Darejan Kokhtashvili, who was arrested together with Gordadze, had her death sentence changed into six years in jail. She has also served two years in Malaysia.
According to the Georgian chief prosecutor’s office it’s not excluded that both Georgian citizens may serve the rest of their sentence in Georgia.
They were arrested in Malaysia in 2010 trafficking of three million dollars worth of drugs. Both maintained their innocence. The drugs were found in picture frames they were carrying.
Malaysian legislation applies death by hanging for this kind of crimes.
Georgia has arrested Babutsa Gordadze’s husband, who was considered to be directly related to the incident that happened in Malaysia. He is sentenced to 15 years in jail.