American lecturer Kerry Lane Wiley, charged with a drug offense punishable by death, will know his fate Wednesday when a Malaysian court delivers its verdict, his lawyer said.

A spokeswoman for Wiley's lawyer, Shafee Abdullah, said Judge Shaik Daud Ismail was expected to read out his judgment at about 9 a.m. Wednesday (6.p.m. Tuesday, MST).Wiley, 38, a computer lecturer from Sacramento, Calif., is the first American to run foul of Malaysia's tough drug laws. The laws prescribe death for anyone possessing more than 15 gm (half an ounce) of heroin or seven ounces of cannabis.

Wiley is charged with bringing in 265.7 gm (9.37 ounces) of cannabis when he was arrested in November 1989.