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On death row: Mohd Amin being escorted out of the courtroom.
December 30th, 2017 | 10:33 AM | 678 views
A second-hand car salesman and an Indonesian boat skipper who were charged with drug trafficking were sent to the gallows by a High Court here.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Abdul Wahab said the defence for both cases failed to raise reasonable doubt in the case of Mohd Amin Ismail, 42, and M. Yusuf, 56.
In the first case, Mohd Amin was charged with trafficking in 57.3kg of cannabis on May 11, 2016 at 11am at a house in Taman Aman Putera in Kepala Batas.
The offence under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.
In the second case, Yusuf was charged with trafficking in 5.8kg of methamphetamine and 4.8kg of 3,4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine on Sept 8, 2015 around 10pm at the Customs Marine Jetty in Weld Quay. It is an offence under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952
Yusuf was also charged under Section 12(2) of the DDA 1952 for possessing 0.37g of ketamine and 0.05g of Nimetazepam at the same time and place.
He also faced another charge under Section 9(1) of the Poisons Act 1952 for possessing 994.1g pseudoephedrine.
At another High court, unemployed Teoh Kok Yong, 32, was acquitted and discharged of trafficking in 98.84g of methamphetamine without calling for his defence.
The offence was allegedly committed on Dec 5, 2013 at around 1am at a store at Level 17 in a flat in Ayer Itam.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Azmi Abdullah ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case.
“The prosecution failed to prove that the accused had exclusive access to the shared storeroom, where several others similarly had the key to the storeroom.
“The forensics also failed to find his fingerprints or DNA on the drugs,” he said.
DPP Noor Azrul Abdul Rahman prosecuted while Teoh was represented by P. Latsmanan, Khor Xin Qin and Mohd Ismail Mohd.
courtesy of THE STAR
by Chong Kah Yuan
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