20 Sep 2013

Threats against family no excuse - court

10:14 am on 20 September 2013

A man who claims he became involved with a drug mule because of threats against his family has been told by the Supreme Court he must stand trial.

Ifeanyi Jude Akulue faces charges of importing and conspiring to import methamphetamine, known as P.

Mr Akulue took his case all the way to the Supreme Court to argue he was forced into helping with the drug deal, after receiving a threatening call from his cousin.

But the five judges found the threat did not meet the requirements of the law because it was not immediate, and the cousin was overseas at the time of the alleged offending.

The judges noted the courts had previously proposed changes to the laws on compulsion but Parliament had not responded.

The judges said an intervention based on that would be going beyond their role which was to interpret and uphold laws, not make them.