KOTA BAHARU, Oct 8 (Bernama) — The High Court on Thursday sentenced a Thai the mandatory death sentence by hanging for trafficking in cannabis four years ago.
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Judge Datuk Muhamad Ideres Muhamad Rapee said the prosecution had proven that the accused was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mahamad Che Soh, 44, was found guilty of trafficking cannabis weighing 17,062.6 gm (17kg) on Jan 4, 2005 in front of Restoran Linda, Bukit Bunga, Tanah Merah at 8.30pm.
The carpenter was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same act.
He was represented by counsel Wan Jawahir Wan Haron while deputy public prosecutor Wan Abd Razak Wan Hussin prosecuted.
In KUANTAN, two friends escaped the gallows and would be celebrating Deepavali after all when the High Court acquitted and discharged them of possessing drugs over two years ago.
V. Sakthis Rama Perabu, 32, of Kampung Jawa, Kuantan dan G. Mohan, 36, of Segamat, Johor were charged with possessing 468.13 gm cannabis, 0.12 gm methamphetamine and 0.010 gm heroin in house number 20, Lorong Bukit Bay Route 20, Taman Bukit Bay Route here on Feb 27, 2007 at 7.30pm.
They were arrested in the house together with a 23 year-old woman. The trio were in the house when the drugs hidden in a biscuit container and a bag were found.
The woman was acquitted after a hearing conducted over nine months.
Sakthis Rama and Mohan faced three charges including under Section 39B (1)(a) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence by hanging upon conviction.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mariana Yahya said the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against the accused as their fingerprints on the bag containing the drugs could not be detected.
“It could not be proven that they own the drugs.”
She said the prosecution also failed to establish a link between the accused and the house owner.