A Malaysian mother and daughter are suing the Australian government after spending four months in jail because their teabags were assumed to be drugs, even after negative test results.
According to Australian news reports, the botched police investigation determined that Connie Chong and her daughter Melanie Lim who are Malaysian nationals were smuggling drugs when in reality it was just ginger tea.
They were importing 25kg of Malaysian tea – which is said to help with period pain – to sell it in Australia.
However, their plan was cut short when their tea packets were seized in January at the airport by Australian Border Force (ABF) officials, who wrongly identified the beverage as amphetamine drug Phenmetrazine.
Heavily-armed police officers then raided Chong and Lim’s Sydney house to arrest the pair and charge them with commercial drug supply, an offence which carries a maximum sentence of life…