Shivan Orton from Harlech held in Malaysia drugs raid


A mother-of-two from Wales has been arrested in Malaysia after police said they found drugs at a resort she runs with her husband.

The Foreign Office understands no charges have yet been brought against Shivan Orton, from Harlech, Gwynedd, or her husband Abdul Harris Fadilah.

But if found guilty of drug offences, they could face the death penalty.

Police are said to have found drugs worth more than £15,000 including heroin, ecstasy and amphetamine.

The couple's home in Cherating, an area popular with backpackers, was raided on 13 December.

The couple, who have sons aged 14 and 16, are being held at a police station in Terengganu state.

The Reverend Bob Hughes, the former vicar of St Tanwgs Church in Harlech, who knows the Orton family well, said: "I can imagine people being very shocked but also deeply sympathetic.

"Clearly we would want to know more facts before passing any kind of judgment because there have been so many examples of people having drugs planted on them, and this kind of thing."

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office in London said it was providing consular assistance.

He added that the UK government was "completely opposed to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances, and we will continue to work on its abolition worldwide".

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