Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying.
It was alleged that Ms Exposto fell for an online romance scam, with 9 News reporting that she was lured to carry the drugs by a man who claimed to be a United States soldier based in Afghanistan. However, prosecutors appealed the decision, which effectively barred her from returning home to Sydney.
"Maria is a victim of an internet romance scam".
Exposto said she thought the bag contained clothing - not drugs - and that she'd even willingly put it through an airport scanner on her layover in Kuala Lumpur.
He told Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto that she had one more round of appeal in the Federal Court. "The only sentence under law is death by hanging", the judges found.
She was caught in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in December 2014. Her lawyers reveal how she initially travelled to Shanghai in order to file documents related to her boyfriend's retirement from service with the U.S. Army.
Believing him to be a United States soldier based in Afghanistan, Exposto said the charming military man had "made [her] feel loved, he made [her] feel wanted", and would send photos of himself to the grandmother.
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Yesterday Exposto's lawyer, Shafee Abdullah, told her it was a temporary setback and "you will win and you will walk away" following the further appeal.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will continue to provide full consular assistance, she said.
Last year, Exposto was found not guilty of drug trafficking by the Malaysian High Court.
She voluntarily offered her bags for customs inspection and the drugs were discovered.
En route from Shanghai to Melbourne, Exposto said a friend of the man had asked she take a black backpack across with her.
The foreign reaction to the case of Mr. Barlow and Mr. Chambers has provoked widespread criticism in Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, where Government officials said they would not be deflected from their "war on dadah" by Western or global protests when Western lives were involved.
There are at least 900 people on death row in Malaysia, officials have said, but executions have been rare in recent years.