Ethiopian entrepreneur ,27-year-old Nazrawit Abera who is an engineering graduate is facing execution in China after being accused of smuggling cocaine into the country in shampoo bottles.
Nazrawit, who has been involved in construction projects around Ethiopia as a contractor, was said to have agreed to transport shampoos belonging to a childhood friend unbeknownst to her contained cocaine.
Her friends and family say she is innocent and was duped into transporting the beauty products. The childhood friend have since beenremanded in custody by Ethiopian police but has since been released and her whereabouts are unknown.
According to her brother, the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing is affording her legal representation while she awaits her sentencing and is prohibited from having any contacts with her family.
“We are fearful, angry and do not know where to go and cry,” one friend who asked to stay unanimous told The Reporter. “We have not heard from her and we have little information of her status and her parents cry and spend sleepless nights hopping their daughter will come back.”
Ms. Abera’s family and friends say she is innocent and was duped into transporting the contraband disguised as beauty products. One friend, who wished to remain anonymous, told local media: ‘We are fearful, angry and do not know where to go and cry.
‘We have not heard from her and we have little information of her status and her parents cry and spend sleepless nights hoping their daughter will come back.’
China, one of the world’s leading executioners of people convicted of drug offenses as a deterrent for others from committing such a crime.There have been a number of Africans executed in recent years for a slew of drug offenses, more specifically citizens from countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria. However, China is known to rarely execute westerners, the last execution of such a foreigner happened in 2009, when Akmal Shaikh, a British citizen was executed for trafficking 4 kilogram worth of heroin into the country.