The High Court in Kelantan sentenced three friends to death by hanging after finding them guilty of trafficking in 4.8kg of cannabis at the parking area of a hospital in Kota Baru in 2007.
Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah made the decision after finding that the defence by Abdullah Mahmood, 48, Wan Kamaruddin Wan Ahmad, 53, and Saharun Muhamad, 42, failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution’s case.
Prior to this, the three accused had escaped the death sentence when the High Court, in 2010, acquitted Wan Kamaruddin and Saharun of the charge, while Abdullah was sentenced to 12 years’ jail after the charge was amended to drug possession.
This led to the prosecution to submit an appeal and the Appeals Court ordered a re-trial of the case.
The three men were accused of trafficking in the drug at the parking area of Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian at 8.15am on Aug 7, 2007.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Azimah Yaacob prosecuted, while lawyers P. Dorairaj, Zamri Mat Nawang and Che Wan Abdullah represented Abdullah, Wan Kamaruddin and Saharun, respectively. – Bernama, June 20, 2013.