Medication donkey case: Greek model blamed for pirating cocaine into Hong Kong

The High Court instance of a Greek model blamed for carrying cocaine into Hong Kong in 2017 opened on Thursday (Hong Kong time), with the 21-year-old litigant denying any job in medication dealing.

Examiners began the seven-day jury preliminary by blaming Eirini Melissaropoulou for purposely conveying 2.52kg of cocaine in a shrouded pocket sewn into her knapsack when she landed in the city from Ethiopia on November 20, 2017.

Melissaropoulou denied the charges and entered a supplication of not blameworthy.

She has been held at a Hong Kong restorative office since her capture.

Examiner Phillip Ross said Melissaropoulou was caught at Hong Kong International Airport when a traditions officer saw her pushing a gear truck with a dark rucksack set on a red bag.

The bag was said to be heavier than typical, as per Ross, and the knapsack had uncommonly thick cushioning. Ross said the officer saw sewing in the cushioning that looked suspicious and chose to cut open the pack.

Inside was a bundle shrouded in dark colored plastic wrapping, Ross proceeded, and its substance were turned out to be cocaine. The estimation of the cocaine was more than HK$2.3 million ($433,000).

The examiner affirmed that Melissaropoulou realized she had the unlawful medications in her ownership. He called attention to that she had conveyed no archives or specialist’s notes to recommend that the cocaine was for legitimate use.

Ross additionally said that Facebook and instant messages on the lady’s telephone proposed that she had been apprehensive about experiencing security checkpoints.

Eight observers will affirm against Melissaropoulou. The preliminary proceeds on Friday before Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping.

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In Hong Kong, the wrongdoing for medication dealing conveys a most extreme punishment of life detainment and a HK$5 million fine under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.

– South China Morning Post

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