Australian Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto escaped the gallows after Malaysia’s highest court ruled her conviction for drug trafficking was unsafe [Lim Huey Teng/Reuters]

Putrajaya, Malaysia – Australian grandmother Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto escaped the gallows on Tuesday when Malaysia’s highest court overturned her conviction for trafficking crystal methamphetamine.

Exposto was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in 2014 after being found with 1.1 kilogrammes (2.4 pounds) of the drug in her bag and had spent more than five years in prison.

The 55-year-old was facing the death penalty under Malaysia’s Dangerous Drugs Act, where anyone caught with at least 50g of crystal methamphetamine is considered a trafficker.

Her son, Hugo, who was in the Federal Court for the decision, was elated.

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