Two Nigerians escaped the gallows for trafficking methamphetamine in three separate circumstances in a Malaysian federal court docket final Thursday.
However, the court docket affirmed the loss of life penalty imposed on a 71-year-old Pakistani ex-rickshaw driver.
The Pakistani is to face loss of life by hanging.
According to Free Malaysia Today, the Nigerians, one in every of whom is married to an area, had their fees diminished to drug possession.
They each pleaded responsible to the offence.
A 3-member bench, chaired by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, dismissed Pakistani Akhlaq Hussain’s attraction for trafficking almost 1.3kg of methamphetamine.
“We are unanimous that the conviction by the trial judge is safe,” mentioned Tengku Maimun, who sat with Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Nallini Pathmanathan.
The man was discovered with the medicine at Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KLIA’s) arrival terminal in Sepang at 9.45pm on Feb 17, 2013.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Act, anybody in possession of 50g or extra of the drug is deemed to be a trafficker.
Akhlaq was caught with the medicine strapped to his calves upon inspection by narcotics officers on the airport.
His court-assigned counsel, Anita Vijaya Raja, instructed the bench Akhlaq didn’t have information that he was carrying medicine.
“The person who asked him to carry the drugs told him that it was saffron and asked him to conceal it as it was a taxable item in Malaysia,” mentioned Anita, who was assisted by V. Ramesh.
Deputy public prosecutor, How May Ling instructed the bench the drug was not for private consumption however for distribution in Malaysia.
The similar bench additionally sentenced 35-year-old Prince Uzoma Nwaoguegbe for possessing 2kg of methamphetamine on the similar airport at 10pm on November 3, 2013.
Tengku Maimun mentioned there was advantage within the attraction and the conviction by the High Court was not secure.
Prince, who was represented by Geethan Ram Vincent, was sentenced to fifteen years’ jail and ordered to be whipped 10 occasions.
Deputy public prosecutor, Nik Syahril Nik Ab Rahman pressed for a deterrent sentence in public curiosity.
“The drugs found in a bag carried by the appellant weighs 16 times more than the minimum weight for a trafficking charge,” he mentioned.
Prince had arrived in Malaysia as a scholar to check Chinese at a non-public faculty.
In the third case, Anyim Daniel Ikechukwu was sentenced to 13 years and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the rotan (cane) for trafficking almost 1.5kg of methamphetamine at Jalan Selat 14 in Port Klang at about 5.30pm on September 30, 2015.
At the outset of the proceedings, deputy public prosecutor Natra Dollah consented to a proposal by Anyim’s lawyer, Afifuddin Ahmad Hafifi, to have the cost diminished to possession.
Facts revealed Anyim, 41, was a scholar and was married to an area girl when he dedicated the offence.