Malaysia: Death Sentences only for Cannabis, Years 2000-2014
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February 10th, 2010: Shah Alam:
"We arrested a 28-year-old man in the unit and seized 3.7kg of ganja"

June 17, 2008
Another 10kg bites the dust near the Malaysian-Thai border
Fortunately, nobody was arrested for this one

64 blocks of compact dried leaves, believed to be cannabis
Feb 15, 2011: 5 people arrested for this one

JITRA: Kubang Pasu district: 18kg seized
May 12, 2011: A Nigerian person arrested

Aug. 31, 2010
28kg of ganga from the Sungai Dua toll plaza in Butterworth
Martin Uchenna was convicted for this (Sept. 30, 2011)




December 11th, 2009
Former Malaysian national cyclist Ramli Kasron
was sentenced to death by the High Court for trafficking in 4,477gm of cannabis in 2006.
HE WAS HANGED THE SAME DAY (see main story under date)
DESPITE THE JUDGE SAYING THAT THERE WERE AVENUES FOR HIM TO APPEAL


Appeal Court: Wrongfully-convicted people
Please help us to find them in English and Malay languages!


July 13, 2012: The appellant Azizan bin Yahaya was charged with trafficking in 1,147.3 grams of cannabis under s.39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (“the Act”). He was found guilty and convicted by the Alor Setar High Court and was sentenced to death. The appellant appealed to this court against his conviction and sentence. We heard the appeal and unanimously allowed his appeal and set aside the conviction and sentence. COURT RECORD.

May 24, 2011: fruit seller, Roseedah Che Ubong, 41, a Thai national, had her drug trafficking conviction and death sentence set aside by Justice Datin Paduka Zaleha Zahari of the Malaysian Court of Appeal due to a miscarriage of justice. She was sentenced by Kota Bahru High Court judge Datuk Muhammad Ideres Muhammad Rapee for trafficking in 1,014 grammes of cannabis in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, on February 3, 2004. (Sources:
Bernama, Utusan (Malay) 24/05/2011)

May 6, 2011: Thai nationals Sureeya Wutthisat, 47, and Asan Tong, 45, had their conviction and death sentences set aside by Malaysian Court of Appeal judges Maarop and Daud and High Court Judge Wahi because the High Court had committed misdirection when assessing the evidence. The Temerloh High Court sentenced them to death on April 22, 2009, for trafficking in 18,754 grams of cannabis in Jalan Ketari, Bentong, Pahang state on April 24, 2004. (Sources: New Straits Times, MCOT.net, 07/05/2011)

March 25, 2008: Panel of three judges headed by Justice Datuk Gopal Sri Ram, who sat with Judge Justice Datuk Sulong Matjeraie and Datuk Sulaiman Daud unanimously allowed the appeal Hazrin Md. Sari, 35, to set aside the conviction and sentence against him. He was alleged to distribute 48.668 grams of cannabis at the toll plaza at 9:44 pm, December 28, 1999. He languished in prison nearly nine years after being arrested on the same day. Justice Sri Ram said when presenting the results, they are satisfied that the High Court judge wrong direction when convicted Hazrin charges against failure due to carefully evaluate the appellant's defense. (Sources: The Star, Utusan (google English Malay: Utusanonline, )


Currently Pending Executions for Cannabis in Malaysia
Victims with photo first - so that we can see these real people

Razali Ahmad, December 18, 2007
for trafficking 858 grammes of cannabis in 2003


Aida Dizon Garcia, December 21, 2010
is facing the death penalty for allegedly trafficking 12.5kg of cannabis. We're with you, Aida.


Case Pending - April 1 update
October 11, 2011 update (and in Malay)
Sentenced to death, June 14, 2012

Alam Setiawan, December 4, 2009
for trafficking 1.732g of cannabis in April 2009

Shahrul Izani Suparman, December 28th, 2009
for trafficking 622 grams of cannabis in 2003


Burhanuddin Salleh, December 22, 2009
for trafficking 2031.8g of ganja in 2007


Abd Jalal Mohamad, December 8th, 2009
for trafficking 4.856 kilos of cannabis in 2006


Mohd Rofe Ibrahim, January 6th, 2010
for trafficking 19,884 grams of cannabis in 2001

Panizan Sunan Achayari, February 22, 2010
for trafficking in 1.6kg of ganja in 2006


Amri Alamsyah, Iskandar Ibrahim and
Muhammadiah Hasan July 19, 2010

for trafficking 1.86kg grams of cannabis in 2005

Zakaria Ahmad, September 5th, 2010
for trafficking 2.207kg of cannabis in 2006


Azizan Yahya, November 30th, 2010
for trafficking 1,147.3gm of cannabis in 2008

Tuay Boon Wee, December 22nd, 2010
for trafficking 9,144g of cannabis in 2008


Fadil Bachok, February 19th, 2011
for trafficking 0.77kg (774 grms) of cannabis in 2009




Muhammad Imron, April 8, 2011
for trafficking 900 gms of marijuana in 2001



Kharul Nizan Osman & Mohd Azizi Hashim
April 19, 2011 for trafficking 938.3g of cannabis in 200
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Ameng, the vocalist of rock band Spring,
122grms, February 15, 2011
 April 13, 2011: Convicted and sentenced to 13 yrs in prison. His wife (at left in photo above) was acquitted of all charges. They targetted Ameng as he was the singer in the biggest pop group in Malaysia.

Norisam Akram Mullah and Lee Kum Choy April 5, 2011
for trafficking 4,749 grammes of cannabis

Aidilfitri Idrus, April 8, 2011
for trafficking 18,889 gms of cannabis in 2008


Airiy Azmi Mohamad, May 8, 2011
for trafficking 60 kg of ganja in 2009

Phichet Jehna, June 7, 2011
for trafficking 105.8 kg in 2003

Lokman Borhan, July 5, 2011
for trafficking 895.08gm of cannabis in 2010

Za'ba Mohd Abdul Talib & Moses Maarof, July 23, 2011
for trafficking 4894 gm of cannabis in 2009


Shamshir Jamaluddin & Zailani Zainal,
Aug 1, 2011
for trafficking 8.044 kg of cannabis in 2009


Desar Din, Nov 8, 2011
for trafficking 4,497.3gm of cannabis in 2009

Zainal Nanyan, Nov 8, 2011
for trafficking 4,497.3gm of cannabis in 2009



Md Nazil Sahid@Said December 27, 2011
for trafficking 1.06kg  of cannabis in 2010

Mamadou Cire Magassouba, Feb 16, 2012
for trafficking 10.886 kg of cannabis in 2010



Oluigbo Eric Chimeze, Feb 27, 2012
for trafficking 22.159 kg of cannabis in 2010

Abd Rahim M. Ali, March 23, 2012
for trafficking 500 grammes of cannabis in 2009


Natcha Babkaew, July 4, 2012
for trafficking 18,630 grammes of cannabis in 2010

Moses Chinedu Nwosu, Aug 25, 2012
for trafficking in 14.3kg of cannabis in 2011

Naznin Seman and Ismail Mansor, October 9, 2012
for trafficking 6,705gm of cannabis in 2011

Motsamai Goitsemodimo Peter, December 31, 2012
for trafficking 7.8 kilos of cannabis in October 2011

Abdul Aziz Yatim and Abdun Hamid Masman, Jan 9, 2013
for trafficking in 9,589gm of cannabis in January 2012

T. Revi and R. Hatitan, April 28, 2013
for trafficking
18,194gm of cannabis in May 2011


Mohamad Shahrudin Isa and Mohamad Yusof Ali May 21, 2013 for trafficking 426.78g of cannabis on July 4, 2011

Abdullah Mahmood, Wan Kamaruddin Wan Ahmad and Saharun Muhamad June 20, 2013 for trafficking 4.8kg of cannabis in 2007.

Thitima Khongnun, July 2, 2013 for trafficking
18,172gm of cannabis two years ago


Ugonna Philip Nwankwo, July 25, 2013
for trafficking 6.25kg of cannabis three years ago

Thitapah Charoenchuea, November 26, 2013
or trafficking 18kg of cannabis in February 2012


Prince Batholowmew Obitube, February 26, 2014
for trafficking 9,189 grammes of cannabis in 2011




Who knows how many of these people (below) are still alive?

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February 26, 2014: "Prince Batholowmew Obitube, a Nigerian studying in a private college, has been sentenced to death by a High Court in Malaysia for trafficking 9,189 gramme of cannabis, also know as marijuana. “Up till end of the defence case, it is clearly that the prosecution has succeeded in establishing a case beyond reasonable doubt. Therefore, the accused is convicted to the charge,” he said in his judgement on Wednesday. He said there was only one punishment under Section 39B (2) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 which was the death sentence." (Sources: thestar.com, codewit.com, Yahoo video, drugpolicycentral, TV9 video, hmetro.com, inagist.com, )

February 7, 2014: "A water filter salesman was sentenced to death by the High Court in Malaysia for trafficking in 8,445gm of cannabis two years ago. Judge Amelia Tee Hong Geok Abdullah also sentenced Muhammad Ridzuan Ab Majid, 33, to 10 years' imprisonment and 10 strokes of the cane after he was found guilty on the second charge, for drug possession." (Sources: New Straits Times, Malaysian Times, malaysianlaw.my, handsoffcain.info, backstory,  )

November 26, 2013: ALOR SETAR: "It’s the gallows for a Thai woman who was caught carrying more than 18kg of cannabis at an express bus terminal in Sungai Petani in February last year. High Court Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab, in his judgment, said the prosecution had adduced evidence that 12 slabs of cannabis were found in a dark red-coloured luggage bag and another eight slabs inside a handheld bag carried by 36-year-old Thitapah Charoenchuea, from Khon Kaen, Thailand."  (Sources: The Star, handsoffcain.info, tokeofthetown.com, )

July 25, 2013: SHAH ALAM: "A Nigerian private college student was sentenced to death by the High Court here today for trafficking in 6.25kg of cannabis three years ago. Ugonna Philip Nwankwo, 29, was found guilty by Justice Noor Azian Shaari, of trafficking in 4.85kg of cannabis at a bus stop near Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway at 1 pm on Nov 9, 2010 and 1.4kg of the same substance at a house in Jalan SS12/2D, Bandar Baru Subang Jaya at 3pm on the same day." (Sources: thestar, New Straits Times, handsoffcain.info, Malay language: utusan, FB,  )

July 2, 2013: ALOR STAR: "A single mother from Thailand was sentenced to death by the High Court today for trafficking in 18,172gm of cannabis two years ago. Thitima Khongnun, 30, was found guilty by Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab of committing the offence near the Jitra Toll Plaza in Jitra near here at 9.10pm on Oct 20, 2011. Thitima, a mother of two children, was detained by an enforcement team from the Customs Department when she was on board a bus heading to Kuala Lumpur from Changlun near here. Mohd Zaki in his judgment said the court found that the prosecution had proved its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt." (Sources: New Straits Times, bernama.com, thaivisa.com, theweedblog, Malay language: sistemluar.adk.gov.my, sinarharian, utusan, malaysianreview, )

June 20, 2013: "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." (Sources: themalaysianinsider, Malay language: utusan, kosmo.com.my, diabuatdah, abnxcess.com, )

May 21, 2013: JOHOR BARU: "Two handicraft makers have been sent to the gallows by a High Court here after being found guilty of trafficking 426.78g of cannabis. Mohamad Shahrudin Isa, 32, and Mohamad Yusof Ali, 30, were convicted of trafficking the drugs at a road between Mersing and Kota Tinggi on July 4, 2011." (Sources: The Star, drugpolicycentral.com,
asianews, Malay language: kosmo.com.my, shafienor.blogspot.com, utusan.com.my,  VIDEO: ntv7 )

May 19, 2013: Alor Star: "A 51-year-old driver and his assistant were among three people sentenced to death by the High Court today after they were found guilty of trafficking in cannabis six years ago. Mohammad Fadzli Ali and his 39-year-old assistant Shamsuri Said were sent to the gallows after they were found guilty of trafficking in 6.503kg of the drug. The third person who also received the death sentence was Mohd. Farid Rameli, 32." (Sources: New Straits Times, Malay Language: Utusan Online, kosmo.com.my, malaysiaedition.net, sistemluar.adk.gov.my, )

April 29, 2013: "ALOR STAR:  TWO friends were sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday for trafficking in 18,194gm of cannabis in 2011. T. Revi, who owned a sundry shop, and R. Hatitan, a lorry driver, were found guilty of committing the offence in front of Kedai Fiber Optic, Concept Store, No. 21, Jalan Tunku Haminah 1, Taman Tuanku Haminah, Sungai Petani, at 9pm on May 6. Judicial commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab ruled that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against Revi, 46, and Hatitan, 36. "The court finds the defence given by the accused unacceptable and contradicted the witnesses' testimony. "The defence had also failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution's case," he said." (Sources: New Straits Times, Video: ntv7.com.my,)

January 23, 2013: "ALOR STAR: "A Nigerian student of a private college in Kuala Lumpur was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday for trafficking in 16,936g of cannabis two years ago. Judicial commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab ruled that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against John Amaechi Eze, 23." (Sources: Malaysian Insider, New Straits Times, campusheathq, onlinenigeria, dailytimesnigeria, handsoffcain, malaysianlaw, Malay language: utusanonline )

January 9, 2013: "ALOR SETAR: Two cousins have been sentenced to death by a High Court here for trafficking in more than 9kg of cannabis a year ago today. Fishermen Abdul Aziz Yatim, 42, from Langkawi, and Abdun Hamid Masman, 44, from Satun in Thailand, were calm as Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab pronounced the death sentence." (Sources: The Star, malaysianlaw, New Straits Times, )

December 31, 2012: "ALOR STAR: A Nigerian was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday for trafficking in drugs two years ago. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab sentenced Motsamai Goi Tse Modimo Peter, 27, after he was found guilty of trafficking in 8.73kg of cannabis at the Sungai Petani express bus station about 10.25pm on Oct 13, 2011. Zaki said he was satisfied that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and that he rejected Motsamai's claim that the drug was not his. (Sources: New Straits Times, Malay: Utusan online, sinarharian.com, n9kini.com, helmdahl, )


October 9, 2012: ALOR SETAR: The High Court here on Tuesday sentenced two Customs preventive officers to death by hanging after finding them guilty of trafficking in drugs last year. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab handed down the sentence to Ismail Mansor, 43, and Nazni Seman, 48, who were serving in Kuala Perlis, Perlis at the time of the offence. The two men were found guilty of having trafficked in 6,705gm of cannabis at the parking lot for lorries of a cement factory in Bukit Keteri, Padang Besar, Perlis, at 9.30pm on April 27 last year. (Sources: The Star online, handoffcain, mycriminallaw, New Straits Times, VIDEO: ntv7.com, Malay language: themalaysianinsider, sinarharian.com, kosmo.com.my, mymetro.com, republika.co.id, )

August 26, 2012: ALOR STAR: A Nigerian man was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday for trafficking in 14.3kg of cannabis last year. Moses Chinedu Nwosu, 50, who owns a restaurant in Bangkok, was found guilty of committing the offence at the Shahab Perdana bus terminal here at 10.35pm on March 25 last year. Judicial commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab ruled that the defence had failed to cast a reasonable doubt against the prosecution case. (Sources: New Straits Times, news.com.au, news2.onlinenigeria, whatsonningbo, The Star online, Malay: diabuatdah, utusan, bharian, mstar, )

July 30, 2012: IPOH: The High Court today sentenced a municipal council general worker to death after he was found guilty of trafficking cannabis, two years ago. Judge Datuk Zainal Azam Abdul Ghani concluded that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the case against Norisman Rozali, 34, from the Kulim Municipal Council in Kedah. He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, with trafficking 655 grammes of cannabis. (Sources: Malay Mail, Malay language: utusan, sistemluar, )

July 30, 2012: Johor Baru: Two friends were handed the death penalty by the High Court yesterday for trafficking in 373 grammes of cannabis about 18 months ago. Judge Datuk Abd Halim Aman, when sentencing Md Adha Md Nor Rahim, 30, and Md Faizal Hassan, 30, said the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the prosecution's case. (Source: New Straits Times, )

July 4, 2012: ALOR SETAR, July 4 (Bernama) -- The High Court here Wednesday sentenced a Thai woman to death by hanging after finding her guilty of drug trafficking two years ago. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab meted out the sentence on Natcha Babkaew, 32, a food hawker. Natcha was charged with trafficking 18,630 grammes of cannabis at a lane near the Bukit Kayu Hitam Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at 1.35 pm on Nov 19, 2010. (Source: Malaysian Law, Borneo Post, New Straits Times, nst, bikyamasr, handsoffcain,)


June 27, 2012: crying family members and friends of four men, sentenced to death for trafficking in more than 22kg of cannabis, rushed to hug them at the High Court. An 8-year-old daughter of one of them was seen hugging her mother and wept uncontrollably while one of the accused, a student, was heard advising his friends to be careful and not end up like him. Badrul Hisham Kamaruddin, 41, his brother Mohd Amirul Hisham Kamaruddin, 23, and their two friends, Syed Mohamed Anis Alkaff Syed Osman, 55, and Azahar Ali, 47, were given the death sentence for the offence committed more than three years ago. The courtroom was packed with parents, relatives and friends of the four who came to hear the sentencing meted out by Judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad. The judge said she believed the evidence of two witnesses, who were the agent provocateurs in this case. She noted that in their defense, the brothers had brought up a person named "Jo", who allegedly was dealing with the two agent provocateurs for the sale of snakeskin. She said the existence of "Jo" was in doubt as he was not produced in court. Asmabi said she accepted the evidence of a prosecution witness, who testified that the drugs was transferred from the Volvo that was driven by Badrul to another car supplied by the agents. The four were charged with committing the offence in front of a factory in Subang New Village at about 4.20pm on Feb 21, 2009. (Source: Handsoffcain, New Straits Times, yahoonews, mysarawak, videontv7, Malay language: Borneo Post, Utusan online, sinarharian, diabuatdah,)

June 14, 2012: Filipina lecturer gets death for drug trafficking. A Filipina lecturer was sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday after she was found guilty of trafficking in almost 12kg of cannabis into the country two years ago. Justice Datuk Zulkifli Bakar handed down the sentence on Aida Dizon Garcia, 55, after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution’s case. Garcia was charged with trafficking in 11.956kg of cannabis at the Seremban toll plaza about 5.30am on Nov 27, 2010. (Source: Borneo Post, MalayMail, New Straits Times, )

June 8, 2012: Court of Appeal: The Appellant, Khairiddin Bin Sufi was charged, tried, called to enter upon his defence, convicted and sentenced for an offence of trafficking in 4561.6 grams of Cannabis under section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (DDA), an offence punishable under section 39B(2) of the same Act, as follows: "Bahawa kamu pada 3.3.2005, lebih kurang jam 9.30 malam, di tempat letak kereta Pasaraya Tesco, Sungai Petani di dalam Daerah Kuala Muda, di dalam Negeri Kedah Darul Aman, telah mengedar dadah berbahaya iaitu 4561.6 gram Cannabis, dan dengan itu kamu telah melakukan suatu kesalahan di bawah seksyen 39B(1)(a) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 yang boleh dihukum di bawah seksyen 39B(2) Akta yang sama." We observed that the prosecution evidence showed only agreement to sell the cannabis and subsequent production of it but the cannabis had not changed hands. However, trafficking includes sale (see s. 2 Dangerous Drugs Act 1952) and a sale, unlike a charge of possession, does not involve as a prerequisite the element of possession (see PP v Mansor Mohd Rashid & Anor [1996] 3 MLJ 560; PP v Chia Leong Foo [2000] 4 CLJ 649. Nor is payment a prerequisite (Wan Mohd Azman bin Hassan @ Wan Ali v PP [20081 4 CLJ 631; Wan Marzuki Wan Abdullah v PP [20081 4 CLJ 631; Mirza Mutala v PP [2010] 5 MLJ 616.) [32] We find the learned trial Judge did not err in law, principle or fact. We dismissed the appeal on both grounds advance and confirmed the conviction and sentence of the High Court. (Source: Court records)

May 15, 2012: ALOR STAR May 15 - The High Court here today sentenced to death on a rubber tapper for trafficking 381 grams of the drug cannabis four years ago. Judge Datuk Mohd. Azman Husin made the decision after finding that the defense Nasarudin Mohd. Nopiah, 44, failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the charge and conviction for such an offense. According to the charge, Nasarudin allegedly trafficking cannabis weighing 381 grams in front of a flower shop in Taman Wira Mergong here at 5.45 pm January 14, 2007. (Source: googletranslate, Malay: utusanonline, )

May 14, 2012: A Nigerian man was sentenced to death at the High Court here Monday for trafficking cannabis two years ago.
James Kamara, a student at a private higher learning institution in Kuala Lumpur, was found guilty of trafficking 18,810gm of cannabis at about 9.05pm, at the Shahab Perdana bus terminal here, on Sept 13, 2010 (Sources: Jakarta Post, New Straits Times, africanoutlookonline, themalaysianinsider, drugpolicycentral, video at ntv7,)

May 2, 2012: the Federal Court, in Malaysia, upheld the death sentence on four men convicted for drug trafficking offences. Their final appeals were dismissed by two separate five-man panels which were chaired by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, after ruling that evidence against the men were overwhelming and their convictions, safe. The death sentences were upheld in respect of two separate drug trafficking cases... Meanwhile, the other case involved welders Mohd Rizal Masiran, 28, Shuhaizal Shuaib, 33 and Mohd Razip Mohd Ali, 42, who were convicted and sentenced to death by the Ipoh High Court on Nov 11, 2009 for trafficking in 2,710 grammes of cannabis at Taman Klebang Jaya, Chemor, Perak, on Oct 29, 2002. (Sources: BorneoPost, the Star, Bernama, thesun-epaper, Malay language: mstar.com.my, penadigital, 02/05/2012)

April 23, 2012: the Federal Court upheld the death sentence on an Indonesian construction worker for trafficking in 938.91 grammes of cannabis. Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, chairing a five-man panel, said the court did not want to disturb the finding of facts of the Johor Baharu High Court over the discovery of a package containing the drug in a car driven by Fernandez. The panel unanimously dismissed Fernandez's final appeal against the High Court decision on Aug 29, 2008, to convict him and sentenced him to death for drug trafficking. Fernandez, 36, was found guilty of trafficking in the drug at Jalan Kubur in Kampung Bakar Batu, Johor Baharu, on April 29, 2004. (Sources: MalayMail, handsoffcain, Bernama, 23/04/2012)

April 4, 2012: Death sentence upheld: Court of Appeal: [1] The appellant (Azhar bin Lazim) was charged for trafficking in dangerous drugs, to wit, 3,917 grammes of cannabis, an offence under section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (“DDA”) and punishable under section 39B(2) of the DDA. The charge against the appellant was worded in this way: “Bahawa kamu pada 18hb Februari 2005 jam lebih kurang 9.30 malam di kawasan Parking Pam Minyak BP, Jalan Tras, di dalam Daerah Raub, Negeri Pahang Darul Makmur, telah didapati mengedar dadah berbahaya iaitu 5 ketulan mampat daun kering mengandungi 3,917 gram cannabis tanpa kebenaran yang sah di sisi undang- undang, oleh itu kamu telah melakukan suatu kesalahan di bawah seksyen 39B(1)(a) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 dan boleh dihukum di bawah seksyen 39B(2) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952.” [53] We have given our careful thought to the submissions made on either side in the context of the evidence on record. The sale of the cannabis – the subject matter of the charge, was complete even though the price has not been paid (PP v. Sa’ari Jusoh [2007] 2 CLJ 197, FC). It is safe to affirm the decision of the High Court. Accordingly, we dismissed the appeal of the appellant. We affirmed the conviction and sentence. (Source: Court records)

March 29, 2012: A Malaysian High Court in Alor Setar on Wednesday sentenced a Nigerian to death after finding him guilty of drug trafficking two years ago, The Sun Daily reported. Sylvester Okole, 33, was charged with trafficking cannabis weighing 11,577 grammes at Platform 8, Shahab Perdana bus terminal on October 7, 2010. The accused, clad in a white T-shirt and black trousers, looked calm when a court interpreter informed him of the sentence. (Sources: ipublicizenaija, punchng.com, mercyjohnson, handsoffcain, )

The post below has an error in the English language version. Should read 33,181 grams of cannabis
March 27, 2012: GEORGE TOWN, March 27 — The High Court here sentenced two men to death for trafficking 33.181gm of cannabis. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah concluded at sentencing that the defence for Ahmad Zhahril Mohd Hussin, 29, and Nazri Abdul Hamid, 35, failed to raise reasonable doubt, Bernama Online reported. The duo were charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 with trafficking the cannabis in Permatang Pauh — at the front of Pusat Aneka Sukaramai in Taman Sama Gaga — on June 22, 2007 at 5pm.  The death penalty is mandatory upon conviction for the offence. (Sources: malaysianinsider, borneopost, BernamaYahoo, ganjanews, Malay: bharian)

March 22, 2012: A former postman was sentenced to death by hanging by the High Court in Malaysia after being found guilty of trafficking 500 grams of ganja three years ago. Judicial Commissioner M.Gunalan imposed the sentence on Abd Rahim M. Ali, 39, after finding that the defence failed to raise reasonable doubt on the charge. "The defence put up by the accused was a mere denial and the explanation given by the accused when he was arrested was also illogical," said M. Gunalan. As soon as the sentence was read, the wife of the accused fainted while Abd Rahim hugged and kissed his children who were crying. Abd Rahim was charged with trafficking 500 grams of ganja at a house at Jalan Impian 2/18, Taman Impian Jaya, Seelong, Kulaijaya at 8pm on Jan 10, 2009. (Sources: handsoffcain, BorneoPost, NewStraitsTimes, NST with photo, Malaysia Yahoo, BERNAMA, 22/03/2012)

February 28, 2012: In Malaysia, two friends were sentenced to death by the high court for trafficking 20,698.4 grammes of cannabis in 2007. Justice Datuk Zamani Abd Rahim read his decision after finding the defence of the two accused Muhamad Nasir Hussain, 55, an unemployed and R. Murthi, 48, a contractor as merely a denial. The two accused were alleged to be trafficking in 20,698.4 grammes of cannabis at Jalan Besar, between 3.45 pm and 4.15 pm on March 20 2007. The prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Guat Cheng while Muhamad Nasir was represented by VM Ravichandran and R.Murthi by R.S.N Rayer. (Sources: BorneoPost, MalaysiaNews Yahoo, handsoffcain, BERNAMA, 28/02/2012)

February 27, 2012: Death penalty upheld: [1] There are two appeals before us. First, Criminal Appeal No. D- 05-425-2010. The appellant in this appeal is Faisan Wasoh (the first appellant). And secondly, Criminal Appeal No. D-05-426-2010. The appellant in this appeal is Amram Jehlaeh (the second appellant). [2] Both these appeals arise from a joint trial in Criminal Trial No. 45-6-2007 in the High Court at Kota Bharu for an offence of drugs trafficking in 42,154 grams of Cannabis under s. 39B(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (the Act) read with s. 34 of the Penal Code (the Code). The charge reads: “Bahawa kamu bersama-sama pada 13.6.2006, jam lebih kurang 2.45 petang, di Sekatan Jalan Raya hadapan Balai Polis Kok Lanas, Kota Bharu, dalam Jajahan Kota Bharu, dalam Negerl Kelantan, telah mengedar dadah berbahaya iaitu 42,154 gram Cannabis, dan dengan itu kamu telah melakukan suatu kesalahan di bawah seksyen 39B(1)(a) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 yang boleh dihukum di bawah seksyen 39B(2) Akta yang sama dan dibaca bersama dengan seksyen 34 Kanun Keseksaan.” [21] For the reasons that we have stated, we did not see any merit in these appeals. The appeals were therefore dismissed. The conviction and the death sentence made by the learned trial judge were accordingly affirmed. (Source: Court records)

February 27, 2012: Malaysia: ALOR SETAR: The High Court sentenced to death a Nigerian man after he was found guilty of drug trafficking two years ago. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab said the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against 34-year-old Oluigbo Eric Chimeze. Oluigbo allegedly distributed 22.159kg of cannabis at a traffic light in Napoh, near here, heading to Bukit Kayu Hitam at about 6.45am on Sept 1, 2010. (Sources: The Star, Bernama, mercyjohnson, Malay: sinarharian, )

February 16, 2012: ALOR SETAR: The High Court here today sentenced a Nigerian textile merchant to death after he was found guilty of trafficking 10.886kg of cannabis, two years ago. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab handed down the sentence on Mamadou Cire Magassouba, 30, after the defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the case against him. He had committed the offence at the ticket counter of Suasana Jelita Sdn Bhd, located on the ground floor of the Bukit Kayu Hitam Highway bus station, Pekan Baru, Changlun about 2.30 pm on Sept 14, 2010. (Sources: New Straits Times, google: Utusanonline, Malay: utusanonline, beritaharian )

January 4, 2012: ALOR STAR - The High Court here today sentenced to death on a contract cleaner after a conviction for drug trafficking two years ago. Judicial Commissioner Datuk Zakiah Kassim sentence against Mohd. Md Shahid. Ridzuan, 36, after finding that defense witnesses to contradict the evidence of eight prosecution witnesses are unfounded and that the defense did not raise a reasonable doubt on the case. "After hearing and reviewing all the evidence, the court has no discretion and no other punishment sentenced to death against the accused," he said. Mohd. Zulkifli, originating from the Black Water, Penang, is charged with trafficking drugs weighing 2,532 grams of cannabis in front of the Diamond Diner Hawker stalls, twisted Park, Lunas, Kulim at 9:30 pm on August 19, 2010. (Sources: mynewshub, Malay: mynewshub)

January 4, 2012: Trial decision confirmed and Death Sentence upheld on HASSAN BIN HJ HASZAIRIN. "Appellant was charged with 2 other people (as hereinafter called OKT2 and OKT3) with trafficking in dangerous drugs, namely 41,830 grams of cannabis, an offense under section 39B (1) (a) Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. At the end of the trial, the appellant OKT1 before the trial judge was convicted of and sentenced to death" Sources: Appeal Court records, in Malay language)

December 28, 2011: ALOR STAR: A 39-year-old laundry operator was sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday for trafficking more than 1kg of cannabis last year. Judicial Commissioner Datuk Zakiah Kassim ruled that the prosecution had proven its case against Md Nazli Sahid@Said beyond reasonable doubt.  Nazli, from Penang, was convicted of trafficking 1.06kg of cannabis at No. 33, Taman Sri Hartamas, Mergong here at 10pm on Dec 24 last year.  Counsel J. Martin appeared for Nazli, while deputy public prosecutor Datuk Razali Che Ani prosecuted. (Sources: New Straits Times, The Star, Daily Chilli, Malay: diabuatdah,  )


November 8, 2011: ALOR SETAR: A High Court here sentenced to death a retired soldier and a coffee shop owner for jointly trafficking in more than four kilos of cannabis two years ago. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab found Desar Din, 60, and Zainal Nanyan, 48, guilty of trafficking in 4,497.3gm of the drugs at the Jalan Sungai Badak junction in Gurun about 5.45pm on May 21, 2009. Malay: "Mahkamah Tinggi di sini hari ini menjatuhkan hukuman gantung sampai mati ke atas seorang peniaga dan seorang pesara tentera setelah didapati bersalah mengedar 4,497.3 gram kanabis, dua tahun lalu. Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman, Mohd. Zaki Abdul Wahab menjatuhkan hukuman itu terhadap Zainal Nanyan, 48, dan Desar Din, 60, setelah pihak pembelaan gagal menimbulkan keraguan yang munasabah terhadap kes pendakwaan." (Sources: Nov 9 The Star, mycriminallawVIDEO HERE: ntv7, New Straits Times, AG Court record, Malay: Utusanonline, AG Court record (in Malay))

September 30, 2011: KUALA TERENGGANU: A 29-year-old degree holder burst into tears after he was sent to the gallows for drug trafficking. Judge Datuk Mohd Yazid Mustapa sentenced Mohammad Abdul Rahman after he was found guilty under Section 39b of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 for trafficking 1.4kg of cannabis. (Sources: The Star, malaylaw, Malay: Utusanonline Video: TV3)

September 30, 2011: GEORGE TOWN: A Nigerian caught in an express bus with more that 26kg of cannabis has been sentenced to death by the High Court here for drug trafficking. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah found Martin Uchenna, 32, guilty of two charges of trafficking in 26,781gm of the drug at the Sungai Dua toll plaza in north Seberang Prai at 10.45pm on Aug 29 last year. (Sources: The Star, Naijan.com, Daily Times, newswithoutborders, malaylaw, allafrica, ) Backstory: Malaysian Insider

August 21, 2011: ALOR SETAR, (Bernama) -- The High Court here today sentenced two foreigners, an Indonesian and a Thai, to death after they were found guilty of trafficking in 222,028g of cannabis three years ago. Justice Datuk Zakiah Kassim handed down the sentence on Effendi, 25, and Sakri Yadam, 24, after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing the case beyond reasonable doubts. Effendi, from Indonesia, and Sakri, a Thai national, were charged with committing the offence at 4.4 nautical miles off Kuala Kedah about 12.30am on Jan 17, 2008." (Sources: mysinchew, newstraitstimes, malaylaw, Malay: Berita Harian, Utusan online)

August 19, 2011: KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today sentenced to death on a mechanic after he was found guilty of trafficking in drugs six years ago. Justice Datuk Ghazali Cha made the decision after finding Amran Senin, 35, failed to raise a reasonable doubt at the end of the defense case. In passing, he said, the defense accused the denial is simply not substantiated by any witnesses and the accused is not aware of any possible drug package of cannabis in his car because the material has a strong odor. Amran charged with trafficking in cannabis weighing 2.741 kilograms in the car park Fisherman Restaurant Titiwangsa, here, about 8:30 pm, March 14, 2005. Malay: Amran didakwa mengedar kanabis seberat 2.741 kilogram di kawasan tempat letak kereta Restoran Nelayan Titiwangsa, di sini, kira-kira 8.30 malam, 14 Mac 2005. (Sources: Borneo Post, malaylaw, MStar - translation, Malay: Berita-Harian, MStar.com, Utusanonline)

August 1, 2011: Justice Datuk Zamani Abdul Rahim passed the sentence on Shamshir Jamaluddin, 31, and Zailani Zainal, 33, finding that the defense of both accused failed to raise any reasonable doubt and only a mere denial. ''After considering and taking into account the evidence of all witnesses, I found the prosecution had proved its case against you, Shamshir and Zailani without any doubt. ''So there is no other punishment can I give as well as sentenced to death,''said Judge Zamani while reciting reasons. Both the accused is seen calmly bowed their heads when the sentence passed upon them. According to the charge, Shamshir and Zailani allegedly trafficking drugs, weighing 8,044 grams of cannabis between 10 pm and 10:05 pm, February 11, 2009 at the Krystal Point Car Park, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Sungai Nibong here. (Sources: ( bad google translation) Malay: Utusan online, Pemadam, Kosmo, diabuatdah, sinarharian, lagiberita,)

July 24, 2011: Four Friends Get The Gallows For Trafficking Cannabis.  Mohd Sabri Ishak, 36, Muhamad Hasbi Baskaran Abdullah, 41, Jarry Saeddanee, 37, a Thai national, and Azizan Hamid, 45, were detained by undercover police officers disguised as drug buyers at Bukit Kayu Hitam on May 20 2006. The men were charged with joint intention of trafficking cannabis weighing 93,070 grammes. (Sources: Bernama, MalayMail, New Straits Times, malaylaw, Malay: Utusan Online, FONonline, Duniaitu ,)

July 23, 2011: SHAH ALAM: A cake seller and his friend, the dealer retail shop was sentenced to death by the High Court here after he was found guilty of trafficking in nearly five kilograms (kg) of marijuana near a playground in Petaling Jaya, near here, two years ago. Justice Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah made the decision to Za'ba Mohd Abdul Talib, 25, and Moses Maarof, 43, after satisfaction of the defense failed to raise reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case. Abdul Alim said in her ruling, the court accepted the evidence of prosecution witnesses that police resources led to the arrest of Mohd Za'ba and Moses together with the drug at the scene. During the trial, a total of 10 prosecution witnesses and three defense witnesses testified to the evidence. According to the charge, Mohd Musa allegedly trafficking in East Java and 4894 gm of cannabis in Jalan 16, Taman Dato Harun, Petaling Jaya, about 8.30 pm, June 10, 2009. (Sources: google translate, Malay: kerangs, diabuatdah,)

July 20, 2011: This is the hearing of an appeal brought by Affis Bin Ariffin (‘the appellant’) who was charged with an offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs under s 39(B)(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (‘the DDA’), to wit, 1135.70 grams of cannabis at Kuantan. On 27.4.2009 the High Court Kuantan found the appellant guilty of the charge, convicted him and sentenced him to punishment of death. It was for all the above reasons that we dismissed the appeal of the appellant and affirmed the decision of the High Court in convicting and imposing the sentence earlier mentioned on the appellant. (Source: malaylaw, Malaysia Court of Appeal (pdf),

This is the hearing of an appeal brought by Affis Bin Ariffin (‘the appellant’) who was charged with an offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs under s 39(B)(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (‘the DDA’), to wit, 1135.70 grams of cannabis at Kuantan. On 27.4.2009 the High Court Kuantan found the appellant guilty of the charge, convicted him and sentenced him to punishment of death. kehakiman.gov.my (pdf)) Original conviction date: April 27, 2009.

July 8, 2011: The Federal Court in Putrajaya, Malaysia, upheld the death sentence imposed on an Indonesian found guilty of trafficking in 866 grammes of cannabis six years ago. Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum presiding a three-man panel with Federal Court judges Datuk Hashim Yusoff and Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin dismissed Muklis Jafar's final appeal. The panel reaffirmed the Shah Alam High Court's decision on Feb 6, 2009 to convict and sentence him to death for trafficking in the drug at Jalan Shahpadu, Kampung Teluk Kapas, Rantau Panjang, Klang, Selangor on Sept 21, 2004. The Court of Appeal also dismissed Muklis's appeal on Nov 17, 2009. Muklis has a final recourse to the Pardons Board to commute his death sentence to a jail term. (Sources: BorneoPost, malaysiandigest, HandsOffCain, Malay: BeritaHarian, Kosmo.my, )

July 5, 2011: KUANTAN: A tour guide was sent to the gallows after the High Court here found him guilty of trafficking drugs. Justice Mariana Yahya found Lokman Borhan, 54, guilty of trafficking 895.08gm of cannabis at his house in Taman Kubang Buaya 3 at about 9.20pm on Aug 7 last year. (Sources: The Star, komunitikini, malaylaw, Malay: utusanonline, sinarharian,)

June 30, 2011: ALOR STAR: Two Thais were sent to the gallows by the High Court here yesterday after they were found guilty of trafficking in cannabis two years ago. Tourist van drivers, Iproheng Yeetuwa, 37, from Yala, and Mueseh Mahsae, 44, from Pattani, were convicted of trafficking in 21.6kg of cannabis (Sources: NewStraitsTimes, thenation, thailandnews, Malay: sinarharian.com, utusan, ) dihukum gantung kanabis

June 7, 2011: KOTA BARU: A Thai trader was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday after he was found guilty of trafficking in 28.8kg of cannabis last year. Doloh Malong, 48, from Kampung Talamai, Takbai, in Narathiwat, Thailand, was charged with trafficking in the cannabis at 11.37am on July 20, in front of the customs' prevention unit branch office in Pengkalan Kubur, Tumpat. (Sources: malaylaw, New Straits Times, )

June 7, 2011: Phichet Jehna was found guilty of trafficking 105.8 kg of cannabis. Phichet was originally charged under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (Amendment 1983) which carries the death penalty for trafficking cannabis weighing 105,783.2 grams of Immigration Complex, Padang Besar at about 5:15 pm, February 5, 2003. However at the end of the prosecution's case, the charges were amended by the court on charges of possession under Section 39A of the same Act carries a jail term of not less than five years or life imprisonment and whipping a minimum of 10 times. The family man pleaded guilty to the amendment and was sentenced to 18 years' jail and whipping 10 times in August 2007. Not satisfied with the verdict, the prosecution appealed and the Court of Appeal then decided to set aside the decision of the High Court once called the accused to defend himself on the original charge and he was found guilty and sentenced to death. (Sources: malaylaw, Utusan (in google English), bit.ly, Malay: Utusan Online, wn.com, sinarharian, pemadamwangsamaju)

May 15, 2011: ALOR SETAR: In the same courtroom, a rubber tapper was sentenced to death for trafficking 381gm of cannabis four years ago. Nasaruddin, 44, was found guilty of the offence which he committed in front of a florist shop in Taman Wira, Mergong at 5.45pm on Jan 14, 2007. (Sources: Malaysian Digest, Bernama, Malaysian Law,)

May 13, 2011: KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 - A security guard who makes a maternity clinics as drug trafficking sentenced to death by the High Court here today, on the offense. Judge Datuk Su Geok Yiam sentence after finding that the defense of Abdul Aziz Ismail, 44, that the drug cannabis weighing 2.6 kilograms (kg) is owned by an individual named Dugan is fictitious. The father of two was also convicted of the charges against him after the defense evidence failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution case. Immediately after sentencing, the accused is seen bowed his head while in the public gallery, a woman believed to be his wife wiped away tears. According to the charge, Abdul Aziz was charged with trafficking cannabis weighing approximately 2.696 grams at 3:10 pm, August 19, 2009 in front Clinic Maternal and Child, Jalan Hang Tuah, here. (Source: googletranslate, Malay language: utusanonline, )

May 12, 2011: JITRA: Kubang Pasu district police arrested a Nigerian man found with 18 slabs of compressed cannabis valued at RM45,000 in a raid at Lye Huat Garden near here on Tuesday. Kedah Narcotics CID head Supt Baharom Othman said following a tip-off, police managed to nab the 22-year-old Nigerian at 9.30pm while he was carrying a black bag and walking towards an express bus. “Sensing the presence of police, the suspect tried to flee and a struggle ensued between him and the policemen before he was arrested. “On inspecting the bag, the police found 18 cannabis slabs believed to be weighing 18 kg, but a urine test conducted on the suspect found him to be free of drugs,” he told a news conference at the Kubang Pasu police headquarters here, yesterday. (Sources: The Star, Borneo Post, New Straits Times, indepthnigeria, )

May 8, 2011: ALOR SETAR: car dealer Airiy Azmi Mohamad, 31, from Kelantan, was sentenced to the gallows by Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abd Wahab of the Malaysian High Court for trafficking 60 kg of ganja at the Bukit Kayu Hitam Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex on April 17, 2009. (Sources: Bernama, NewStraitsTimes, MalayMail, Utusan (Malay), 09/05/2011)

April 20, 2011: SHAH ALAM, (Bernama) -- A mechanic and workshop owner were sentenced to death by the High Court here today, after they were found guilty of trafficking 1,885 grammes of cannabis at a petrol station on the Kesas Highway, Subang Jaya, near here, two years ago. Judge Datuk Abd. Rahim Uda made the decision after finding that the prosecution managed to prove the accused Muhammad Zikry K.Suresh, 42, and Md Sukri Abdul Rahman, 42, had committed the offence. He said the defence also failed to create a reasonable doubt on the trafficking aspect, besides possession and control of the cannabis. (Sources: MalaysianLaw, Bernama, Brunei Times, Malay Mail, Malay: Berita Harian, BorneoPost)

April 19, 2011: ALOR SETAR: Two cousins have been sentenced to death by the High Court for trafficking in 938.30gm of cannabis two years ago. Kharul Nizan Osman, 29, and Mohd Azizi Hashim, 28, from Kepala Batas were found guilty of trafficking the drug by the roadside in Kg Sungai Buloh, Sungai Petani at 9.30pm on Jan 27, 2009. (Sources: The Star, Hands Off Cain, New Straits Times, Utusan online (Malay,) Kosmo, mynewshub)

April 19, 2011: SHAH ALAM: A woman sobbed uncontrollably when the High Court sentenced her son to death after convicting him of trafficking in 929gm of marijuana four years ago. Numbed by the death sentence handed down by Justice Siti Mariah Ahmad, Mohd Fais Diram, 28, could only watch helplessly as his mother, in her 60s, collapsed on the bench in the court gallery. With the aid of a walking stick, she rushed towards him in an attempt to hug him and almost collapsed when she saw her son being handcuffed. (Sources: The Star, Utusan Online (Malay), Malaysian Star (Malay), Bernama (Malay))

April 11, 2011: ALOR SETAR: A High Court here sentenced a 49-year-old woman to the gallows for trafficking 56.63kg cannabis two years ago. Restaurant helper Rahani Ahmad, from Seberang Jaya in Penang, was found guilty for trafficking the drug at a parking area at Bandar Baharu toll plaza at 6.35pm on March 7, 2009. (Source: The Star,)

April 8, 2011: A Putrajaya Appeals Court panel of judges led by Dato Clement Skiner rejected the appeal of Indonesian Muhammad Imron of Aceh, a.k.a Fernandez. He was sentenced to death after being arrested in April, 2004. The police confiscated 900gms of marijuana from his car and house. (Sources: Jakarta Post, handsoffcain, Contify, tempo, 08/04/2011)

April 8, 2011: GEORGE TOWN: A former car salesman was sentenced to death by the High Court here for trafficking in 18.89kg of cannabis. Judicial Commissioner Nurmala Salim laid down the sentence after the court found that Aidilfitri Idrus's defence was a mere denial. She also ruled that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case. Aidilfitri, 41, was found guilty of trafficking in the drug in Jalan Tunku Kudin 1 at 2.40pm on April 30, 2008. PULAU PINANG 8 April - Suasana tenang di Mahkamah Tinggi di sini bertukar hiba apabila beberapa ahli keluarga seorang bekas jurujual kereta tidak mampu menahan kesedihan setelah tertuduh dihukum gantung kerana mengedar 18,889 gram kanabis, tiga tahun lalu. Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman, Nurmala Salim menjatuhkan hukuman itu hari ini selepas mendapati Aidilfitri Idrus, 41, bersalah setelah pembelaannya gagal menimbulkan sebarang keraguan munasabah terhadap pertuduhan. (Source: The Star, Malaysian Law, Borneo Post, Bernama, utusanonline, Malay: utusanonline 9 April 2011)

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The Case of Shamuddin Sohan

Saturday April 9, 2011, this case appeared in the Malaysian Press:
 
April 8, 2011: KUALA LUMPUR, 8 APRIL, 2011: "The High Court here today sentenced a security guard to death by hanging for trafficking cannabis weighing 941g nine years ago. Judge Datuk Lim Yee Lan said the prosecution had proven the case against Shamuddin Sohan, 42, beyond reasonable doubt. In 2006, Lim acquitted and discharged Shamuddin after the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case. However, last year the Court of Appeals ordered Shamuddin to make his defence after the prosecution appealed the decision."
 
Source: Yahoo news, handsoffcain, Also used to be here in the Malaysian Digest but they removed it, so under the Fair Use of the Copyright Act, I have included it here in pdf format as this file is of SUBSTANTIAL public interest.

So, we can see from the above press article that, in May 2002, Shamuddin Sohan was arrested and was 4 years in prison awaiting trial.

 
2006 - Shamuddin Sohan was acquitted of all charges and went home.
 
2010 - The Prosecution decided - 4 years after the acquittal - to appeal the Court's decision, and Shamuddin Sohan was re-arrested.
 
April 8, 2011 - Shamuddin Sohan was convicted of the original charges, as per in 2002, and sentenced to death - even though he had been acquitted of these charges in 2006.
 
Sources: English: Yahoo! News, Hands Off Cain  Malay: Utusanonline, My Metro, diabuatdah, hmetro,

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April 5, 2011: SHAH ALAM: His defence for a drug trafficking charge was that he was an innocent victim who had gotten into a taxi. As for the taxi driver, his version was, he was just driving around and had picked up a passenger, his co-accused. But the High Court here did not buy their stories and judge Datuk Mohd Sofian Abdul Razak sentenced Norisam Akram Mullah, 39, and Lee Kum Choy, 46, to death for drug trafficking yesterday. They were jointly charged for trafficking in 4,749g of cannabis around Block H of the PKNS flats in Jalan Kuching, Kuala Lumpur about 2.30am on Jan 19, 2009. (Sources: Malaysian Bar, malaylaw, New Straits Times, faisunan, In Malay: Utusanonline, )

April 4, 2011: Judicial Commissioner Datuk Akhtar Tahir of the Malaysian High Court sentenced security guard Ahmad Shafila Mohamad Arshad, 40, to death for trafficking 9,482 grams of ganja at a petrol station in Gombak on February 26, 2008. (Sources: Bernama, handsoffcain, MySinchew.com, 04/04/2011)

March 24, 2011: SHAH ALAM, March 24 (Bernama) -- The son of a retired policeman was sentenced to the gallows by the High Court here today after he was found guilty of trafficking ganja (cannabis) weighing 2.3 kilogrammes, two years ago. Judge Datuk Abdul Rahim Uda handed down the sentence to Mohamad Hasnizam Hussein, 33, after finding the defence had failed to raise any reasonable doubts in the prosecution's case. Abdul Rahim also ordered Mohamad Hasnizam, an insurance claims advisor, to serve two years jail to another charge, of being in possession of 10.52 grammes of ganja. (Sources: MalayLaw, Bernama, MalaysianInsider, faisunan and Malaysia Daily Mail, Berita Harian, March 24, 2011) SERVE 2 YEARS - THEN GET EXECUTED.

March 17, 2011: ALOR SETAR, March 17 (Bernama) -- A vegetable farmer was sentenced to death by the High Court here Thursday, when he was found guilty of trafficking in 26.35 kilogrammes of cannabis, two years ago. Judge Datuk Zakiah Kassim delivered the sentence on Ahmad Roslan Mat, 46, after the prosecution established a prima facie case against him. (Sources: Malaysianlaw and yahoonews, March 17, 2011)

February 28, 2011: SHAH ALAM: A factory worker Mohd Kamarulzaman Irwan Shah, 24, was sentenced to death by Justice Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki of the Malaysian High Court for trafficking in 295.01 grammes of cannabis at Rawang on May 16, 2009. (Sources: MalayNews, mysinchew, handsoffcain, accessmylibrary, semakinparah (Malay) Borneo Post, 28/02/2011)

February 18th, 2011: JOHOR BARU: A pasar malam trader was sent to the gallows by the High Court here after he was found guilty of trafficking 0.77kg of cannabis. Fadil Bachok, 46, was accused of committing the offence on Sept 9, 2009, at around 2.40am at his house in Kampung Parit Pasir, Pekan Nenas, in Pontian. (Source: MalaysianLaw, Utusan Online (Malay) Feb 18th, 2011, The Star, handsoffcain, February 19th, 2011)

February 14th, 2011: The Federal Court upheld the conviction and death sentence on Rosli Shaik Yahaya, for trafficking 4,645g of cannabis. (Source: Borneo Post, Malay Mail, handsoffcain, February 15th, 2011) (See entry for November 21, 2007)

February 10th, 2011: GEORGE TOWN: The High Court on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging a school canteen trader after finding him guilty of trafficking in 4.4 kg of cannabis two years ago. Judicial Commissioner Nurmala Salim imposed the sentence on Shahrizal Abdul Ghani, 37, saying the defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case and that it had merely denied the charge against the accused. (Source: MalaysianLaw, Bernama, The Star, New Straits Times, handsoffcain, February 10, 2011)

January 31, 2011: Penang: Amanullah Mohamed Musa was sentenced to death for trafficking 35 kgs of cannabis in 1998. (Sources: diabuatdah.blogspot.com, utusanonline, in Malay: diabuatdah, duniaitu, utusanonline, jenayahganas,  )

January 27th, 2011: TEMERLOH, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- Three people including a couple were sentenced to death by hanging by the high court here Thursday for trafficking in 4.521kg ganja last year. Judicial Commissioner Datuk Akhtar Tahir said the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against Ahmad Mukamal Abdul Wahab, 37, Suhana Kamarudin, 28, and her husband Shawal Hashim, 37. "Death by hanging is the only sentence provided for offences under Section 39B (1)of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," he added. (Source: NORML, TOTT, Bernama, handsoffcain, January 27th, 2011)

January 4th, 2011: PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court here yesterday upheld the conviction and death sentence on a restaurant operator for trafficking 1,032g of cannabis 11 years ago. The three-man panel comprising Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff and Datuk Heliliah Mohd Yusof unanimously dismissed the final appeal by Mohd Farid Sukis. (Source: MalaysianLaw, Malay Mail, Borneo Post, handsoffcain, New Straits Times, Malay: BeritaHarian)

December 22nd, 2010: SHAH ALAM: A car painter who was sentenced to death by the High Court here for drug trafficking lost his cool and kicked a press photographer’s camera yesterday. Tuay Boon Wee, 40, was initially calm when Justice Mohtarudin Baki meted out the sentence but upon being ambushed by photographers when he was led out of the courtroom, he lost his composure and kicked one photographer’s camera. He was charged under Section 39(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for trafficking 9,144g of cannabis in front of a restaurant in Petaling Jaya two years ago. (Sources: Bernama December 22nd, 2010, Malay Mail December 22nd, 2010, The Star December 23, 2010)

December 8th, 2010: DATIN YEOH WEE SIAM, Judicial Commissioner High Court (Criminal Division) Shah Alam (Petaling Jaya) sentenced Arif Zakuan B. Baharudin to death for trafficking 534 grammes of cannabis in March 2007. (Source: Court documents December 10th, 2010)

November 30th, 2010: ALOR SETAR: A technician was sentenced to death by hanging by the High Court here today after he was found guilty of trafficking in 1,147.3gm of cannabis two years ago. Justice Datuk Mohd Azman Husin handed down the sentence on Azizan Yahaya after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubts on the prosecution's case. (Sources: MalaysianLaw The Malay Mail Nov 30, 2010 and The Star December 1, 2010)

November 24th, 2010: KUANTAN: A 34-year-old contractor was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday for trafficking in 762.41g of cannabis 8 months ago. Baseri Ismail was found guilty by judicial commissioner Datuk Akhtar Tahir, who ruled that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case. (Source: New Straits Times Nov 24, 2010)

November 19th, 2010: SHAH ALAM: Justice Mohd Zaki found Indonesians Ismail Ibrahim, 36, and Azhar Zakaria, 37, guilty of trafficking in 20kg of cannabis and sent them to the gallows. The two shop assistants were intercepted at the Gombak toll plaza on May 21, 2002 by the police, who found the drugs in two mineral water boxes. Mohd Zaki meted out the sentence after ruling that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt (Sources: The Star, and Malaysian Star Nov 20, 2010)

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November 18th, 2010: PUTRAJAYA: Suzimi Shaari, 45. Earlier, the panel had unanimously dismissed Suzimi's appeal against conviction and death sentence imposed on him by the Taiping High Court on March 31, 2007 on the first charge of trafficking in 4,877 grammes of cannabis. He was found guilty of committing the offence at a car park in the Gunung Semanggol rest area at KM195.5 North-South Expressway, Semanggol, Perak at 10.15pm on Aug 2, 2001. However, the panel reduced Suzimi's second trafficking charge to possession and subsequently, sentenced him to 10 years jail when he pleaded guilty to the reduced charged. Suriyadi ordered Suzimi to serve the sentence from the date of his arrest on Aug 2, 2001. Suzimi was also found guilty and sentenced to death by the Taiping High Court for the second charge of trafficking in 263.2 grammes of cannabis at his house in Jalan Gula, Simpang Empat, Semanggol at 10.50pm on the same day. (Source: The Star, MalayMail, ilikericeandcurry,)

March 15, 2011: Appeal lost,  The accused had been sentenced to death for the first offence and as such to sentence him to whipping would, in our view, be in breach of s. 289 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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November 11th, 2010: SHAH ALAM:  A debt collector, who is suffering from a chronic disease, was sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday after being found guilty of trafficking in 1,932 grammes of cannabis found in his car on May last year. Justice Datuk Mohd Yazid Mustafa passed the sentence after he was satisfied that the accused, Mohd Riduan Shah Abdullah, 53, had failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case. (Source: Borneo Post, November 12th, 2010)

November 9th, 2010: SHAH ALAM: Ali Bin Din Liakat Baddar: "That you, on June 9, 2004 at approximately 6:15 pm at address of the G-8-16, Apartments Puchong Permata 2, Puchong at the Petaling District in the State of Selangor Darul Ehsan, was distribute dangerous drugs weight of 269.66 grams Cannabis and, therefore, you have to do a under section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and may be punishable under section 39B (2) of the same Act. ". Accordingly, I held that the Prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the Accused. I found the Accused guilty and convicted him on the charge. I sentenced the Accused to death and, in accordance with s.277 of the CPC, I ordered that the Accused be hanged by the neck till he is dead. ( DATIN YEOH WEE SIAM ) Judicial Commissioner High Court (Criminal Division) Shah Alam (Petaling Jaya) (Source: Court Records, and here Nov 9, 2010)

November 3rd, 2010: PUTRAJAYA: A former lance corporal has failed in his bid to escape the death penalty after the Court of Appeal upheld his conviction of trafficking cannabis eight years ago. Court of Appeal Judge Justice Suriyadi Halim Omar, who chaired a three-man panel, dismissed the appeal by Yusri Daud, 42. Yusri, who was attached to the General Operations Force then, was convicted of trafficking 5,756gm of cannabis in front of a pharmacy in Jalan Cheras at 4.15pm on May 9, 2002, by the Shah Alam High Court on April 24 last year. (Source: The Star, Nov 4, 2010, New Straits Times, Malay Mail, Nov 3, 2010)

November 1, 2010: High Court of Appeal: Prosecution vs Romi Amora bin Amir. "With knowledge not established, and the ingredient of trafficking Easily rebutted, Possession limit even been established, we no limit hesitation in allowing the appellant's appeal for the first charge, and dismissing his appeal for the second. The order made ​​by the High Court for the first charge was set aside and that of the second charge affirmed." THE SECOND CHARGE WAS FOR .7 OF *ONE* GRAMME - AMAZING! (Source: MalaysianLaw googleEnglish, Malay Nov 1, 2010)

October 28, 2010: MELAKA: The High Court here Thursday sentenced a couple to death after they were found guilty of trafficking in 8,869gm of cannabis at Equatorial Hotel two years ago. Justice Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi handed down the sentence after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing the case beyond reasonable doubts. Darwis Zaihani, an unemployed from Sungai Penchala, Selangor, and salesgirl Ye Shau Pei, from Raub, Pahang, were charged with trafficking in the drug at the car park of the hotel at about 5.30pm on Dec 14, 2008. (Sources: Malaysian Law, MLTIC, )

October 24th, 2010: ALOR SETAR: A tractor driver was sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday after he was found guilty of trafficking in 2,700.01gm of cannabis five years ago. Justice Datuk Zamani A.Rahim handed down the sentence on Tamim Ansari Abdul Hamid after finding that the defence had failed to raise any reasonable doubts on the prosecution’s case. (Source: MalayMail, Borneo Post, DailyMailMalaysia, New Straits Times, Vote My Story, madpet, October 24th, 2010)

October 12, 2010: SHAH ALAM, Oct 12 — The High Court here today handed a guard the death sentence after finding him guilty of having trafficked 25.6 kilogrammes of ganja (cannabis), two years ago. Judge Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki handed down the sentence to Rosnan Non, 46 after he was satisfied that the defence had failed to raise any reasonable doubts in the prosecution’s case. SHAH ALAM, 12 Okt (Bernama) -- Seorang pengawal keselamatan dijatuhi hukuman gantung sampai mati selepas didapati bersalah mengedar ganja seberat 25.6 kilogram dua tahun lepas. Hakim Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki menjatuhi hukuman itu ke atas Rosnan Non, 46, selepas berpuas hati bahawa pihak pembelaan gagal menimbulkan sebarang keraguan munasabah terhadap pertuduhan itu. (Sources: Malaysianlaw, MalaysianInsider, handsoffcain, Malay: Bernama,)

October 8, 2010: SHAH ALAM: A coconut juice seller was sentenced to death by the High Court here Friday after he was found guilty of trafficking in eight packets of compressed cannabis, weighing 8,183.8gm, 10 years ago. Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin handed down the sentence after finding that Nadzari Awang Hamat had failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution's case. (Sources: New Straits Times, DailyMailMalaysia, cari.com, handsoffcain, Malay: SelangorKini,  )

September 26th, 2010: ALOR SETAR: Two friends were sentenced to death after they were found guilty by the High Court for drug trafficking. Rizal Sham Ahmad, 32, and Md Fitri Md Saad, 33, were found guilty of trafficking in 2.8kg of cannabis at the Aneka Shopping Complex carpark in Gurun at about 4pm on Feb 7, 2006. Both were charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act. Justice Datuk Zamani A. Rahim found that the prosecution had proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt. He said van driver Rizal Sham and labourer Md Fitri had given contradictory statements that could not be accepted by the court. (Source: The Star, cannabisculture, MalaysianInsider, The Malay Mail, Bernama)

September 23rd, 2010: GEORGE TOWN: A traditional medicine seller was sentenced to death by a High Court here for trafficking in nearly 1kg of cannabis. Judicial Commissioner Nurmala Salim yesterday convicted M. Jegatheswaran, 22, of trafficking in 958gm of cannabis at the parking lot of the Ampang Jajar public housing project flats on Jalan Permatang Pauh in central Seberang Prai at 10pm on May 8, 2007. The prosecution, represented by deputy public prosecutor Tan Guat Cheng, had submitted that Jegatheswaran had knowledge of the drugs that were in the basket of his motorcycle which he rode to the scene where the police had ambushed him. (Source: The Star, September 24, 2010 and The New Straits Times)

September 5th, 2010: ZALOR SETAR: A clerk who was charged with trafficking in cannabis four years ago cried when he was sentenced to death on Sunday. Zakaria Ahmad, 32, could not hold back his tears when he saw his mother and three siblings crying after Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab delivered the verdict. Zakaria was found guilty of trafficking 2,207.1gm of cannabis on Feb 8, 2006 at a petrol station in Taman Sejati Indah in Sungai Petani. (Source: The Star, September 5, 2010) and The New Straits Times

August 6th, 2010: 26-year-old R. Satiamoorty was sent to the gallows after the High Court here found him guilty of trafficking in 29.298kg of cannabis. He had kept the drugs in hidden compartments in his modified rented car. The offence was committed at about 5.40pm on May 13 last year. (Source: Malaysian Insider, Aug 6, 2010, New Straits TimesThe Star, August 7, 2010)

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July 30, 2010: GEORGE TOWN: A food outlet assistant was yesterday sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday for trafficking in 23kg of cannabis four years ago. Sharifurahim Abdullah, 30, who was charged with committing the offence behind a house in Kampung Permatang Rawa, Bukit Mertajam, about 9pm on March 31, 2006. (Source: New Straits Times July 31 2010)

July 1st, 2010: GEORGE TOWN: A lawyer representing a food outlet assistant on a drug trafficking charge lost his cool after the judge ordered his client to enter defence. The drama transpired after High Court judicial commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah ordered Sharifurahim Abdullah, 30, to enter his defence for trafficking in 23kg of cannabis. (Source: Malaysian Bar, July 1st, 2010, Malaysian Gov Press Cutting)

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July 19, 2010: ALOR SETAR: Three Indonesians were sentenced to death by the High Court here for drug trafficking involving 1,858.6gm of cannabis in Sungai Petani five years ago. Justice Datuk Zamani A. Rahim passed the sentence yesterday after ruling that the men “lied through their teeth” when making their defence. He said he did not believe the testimony of Amri Alamsyah, 42, Iskandar Ibrahim, 33, and Muham­madiah Hassan, 31, who had claimed that they had gone to meet a man at a restaurant in Sungai Petani for a roof repair job when they were arrested. (Sources: The Star, 20/07/2010 and New Straits Times)

June 17, 2010: in Malaysia, 33-year-old van driver Mohd Zamri Abdul Khamis from Johor was sentenced to death by High Court Justice Zamani A. Rahim for trafficking in 95kg of cannabis on June 13, 2005, at the Bukit Kayu Hitam Customs, Immigration and Quaran tine border complex. (Sources: Bernama, 17 June, 2010, The Star, 18 June, 2010, Malaysian Insider, June 17, 2010)

June 6, 2010: Judge Datuk Zamani A. Rahim of the Malaysian High Court sentenced vegetable farmer Ramli Abd Rahman, 36, and civil servant Sulaiman Ismail, 38, to death after finding them guilty of trafficking in 11,135 grams of cannabis in Junjung, Kulim, on May 3, 2006. (Sources: The Malaysian Insider, Malaysian Bar, The Star, 06/06/2010)

May 31, 2010: SHAH ALAM, May 31 (Bernama) -- An Indonesian was sentenced to death by the High Court here Monday for trafficking in 4,697gm of cannabis six years ago. Judicial Commissioner Datuk Asmabi Mohamad found Hasbala Mohd Sarong, 22, guilty of committing the offence in front of the Proton factory at about 10pm on Feb 27, 2004, after ruling that he had failed to cast a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case. The offence under section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 carries the mandatory death on conviction. (Sources: MalaysianLaw, Bernama, Malay: saiful-aiman, detiknews, )

May 27, 2010: GEORGE TOWN: A 29-year-old despatch clerk has been sentenced to death by a High Court here for trafficking in 4,619g of cannabis. Judicial Commissioner Yaacob Md Sam yesterday found Helmi Jama­ludin guilty of trafficking the drugs near a house in Zoo Road, Air Itam, at 9.45pm on July 12, 2007. (Sources: The Star, 27/05/2010)

Appears that Helmi Jamaludin was acquitted (no date given)

May 18, 2010: Justice Datuk Su Geok Yiam of the Malaysian High Court sentenced despatch rider Sharizan Khajis, 32, and driver Junaidi Johan, 26, to death for trafficking 921gm of cannabis in Kampung Dalek Baruat at 9.45pm on Oct 3, 2005. (Sources: Bernama, 18/05/2010)

April 2nd, 2010: PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court here yesterday overturned a factory worker’s 18 years’ jail term and sentenced him to death on two drug trafficking charges. After the court pronounced its judgment, Zulkifli Arshad, 35, was seen in tears when hugged by his family members. Zulkifli was charged with trafficking in 5796.7gm of cannabis in a car at Km10 Jalan Kluang, Batu Pahat, Johor, and 3867.2gm of cannabis in a house in Parit Senkuang, Jalan Kluang, Sri Gading, at about 1am on Jan 27, 2001. (Sources: Borneo Post, Malaysian Bar, April 3rd, 2010)

March 31, 2010: labourer Shukor Md Noor, 29, was sentenced to death by Judicial commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah of the Malaysian High Court for trafficking in 23,478g (10 slabs) of ganja at Lorong Perak on July 17, 2003. (Sources: New Straits Times, 01/04/2010)

March 25, 2010: lorry driver G.P. Jiva, 40, was sentenced to death by Judicial Commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah of the Malaysian High Court for trafficking 9kg of ganja in Seberang Prai Utara on June 28, 2007. (Sources: New Straits Times, 26/03/2010)

March 11, 2010: KANGAR: A lorry driver was sentenced to death by the High Court here on Thursday for trafficking in 53,074.7gm of ganja six years ago. Judicial Commissioner Datuk Zamani A.Rahim, in convicting Mad Rodzi Che Din, said the defence had failed to cast a doubt on the prosecution’s case. Mad Rodzi of Kuala Kedah committed the offence at the Taman Kastam Store 2 in Padang Besar at 8.40pm on Dec 29, 2004. (Sources: The Star, Bernama, March 11, 2010)

February 22, 2010: Indonesian boat maker Panizan Sunan Achayari, 32, was sentenced to death by Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh of the High Court in Johor Baharu, Malaysia, for trafficking in 1.6kg of ganja in Majidee on March 22, 2006. (Sources: The Star, New Straits Times, 24/02/2010)

February 18, 2010:  in Seremban, Malaysia, High Court Judge Datuk Ahmad Nafsy Yasin sentenced contractor Al Bakhtiar Abd Samad, 32, to death for trafficking in 993.8g of cannabis at Kuala Pilah on July 8, 2006. He was also sentenced to three years jail and three strokes of the rotan. (Sources: New Straits Times, 19/02/2010)

January 6, 2010: a restaurant owner was sentenced to death by Justice Datuk Zakaria Sam of the Malaysian High Court for trafficking ganja. Mohd Rofe Ibrahim, 40, from Kelantan, allegedly trafficked in 19,884gm of drugs at Gerik on May 14, 2001. (Source: The Star, 06/01/2010)

December 28, 2009: Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin of the Malaysian High Court handed a waiter the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking. Shahrul Izani Suparman, 25, was 19 years old when caught in Klang on September 25, 2003, with 622gms of cannabis in the basket of his motorcycle. (Source: NORML, The Star, 29/12/2009 and Malay Mail)

December 22, 2009: a 43-year-old factory supervisor was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for drug trafficking. Judge Ahmad Zaidi found Burhanuddin Salleh guilty of possessing 2031.8g of ganja in his house in Kemaman on October 3, 2007. (Sources: New Straits Times, Teganuku, 23/12/2009)

December 17, 2009: factory worker Muhammad Khairul Esa Jemali, 22, was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for trafficking in 316.53g of cannabis on May 8, 2008. Judicial commissioner Kamarudin Hashim also sentenced Jemali to three years' jail for another drug charge. (Source: The Star, New Straits Times , 18/12/2009)

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December 11, 2009: Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi of the Malaysian High Court sentenced a former national cyclist to death for drug trafficking. Ramli Kasron, 41, from Batu Pahat, was arrested at the Air Hitam on April 19, 2006, with 4,477gm of ganja in his car.  "However, he said although the court had found the cyclist guilty and passed the death sentence, there were still avenues for him to appeal." (Sources: The Star, asiaone.com, New Straits Times, 11th December, 2009)

He didn't get the chance - he was executed the same day as convicted.


French article: Un ex-cycliste condamné à mort pour trafic de cannabis. Ramli represented Malaysia in the Manila SEA Games in 1991.



Ramli Kasron


December 8th, 2009: MELAKA: The High Court here yesterday sentenced a former navy lieutenant to death by hanging after finding him guilty of trafficking 4,856gm of cannabis three years ago. Abd Jalal Mohamad, 38, was sentenced to death by hanging for the first charge and two years’ jail for the second charge starting from the date of arrest on April 24, 2006. (Source: The Borneo Post 9/12/2009)

December 7, 2009: the Malaysian Federal Court dismissed the final appeal against the death sentence of a car repossessor. Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ariffin Zakaria found Mohd Fauzi Omar trafficked 986.9gm of ganja at Gelugor, Penang, on September 2, 2000. The Court of Appeal rejected his appeal on April 15, 2008. (Source: Borneo Post, 07/12/2009)

December 4, 2009: Alan Setiawan, 39, a labourer from Indonesia was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court. Judicial Commissioner Mohd Yazid Mustafa found he trafficked in 1.7kg of ganja on April 25, 2008, at Port Klang. (Sources: Jakarta Post, Borneo Post, Malay Mail, 05/12/2009)

November 24, 2009: at the High Court in Alor Setar, Malaysia, Judge Datuk Mohd Sofian Abd Razak imposed the mandatory death sentence on Jaafar Sidek Darus, 47, for drug trafficking. He allegedly trafficked 24.418 kgs of cannabis in Kulim on February 23. (Sources: Utusan Online, New Straits Times, 420magazine, 25/11/2009)

November 24, 2009: in Shah Alam, Malaysia, High Court judicial commissioner Datuk Umi Khaltum Abdul Majid sentenced workshop operator Jasri Sarip Ahmad, 30, to death for drug trafficking. Jasri allegedly trafficked 1,707gm of cannabis in Ampang on October 10, 2005. (Sources: New Straits Times, 25/11/2009)

November 17, 2009: a pirated VCD seller was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court. Ng Kam Wei, 31, allegedly trafficked 8,529.5g of ganja in Taman Selasih, Kulim, on December 22, 2005. 10 slabs of compressed ganja leaves were in a box in a car driven by Ng. (Sources: Asiaone News, 18/11/2009)

November 13, 2009: Two prawn sellers were sentenced to death by the High Court in Malaysia for trafficking in 36,220 grams of cannabis at a motor workshop in Pandan Indah, Ampang, eight years ago. Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md.Yasin passed the sentence after finding both accused, Halim Nor, 45, a Malaysian national, and Sabri Alias, 38, from Aceh, Indonesia, had failed to raise any reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case. "It's difficult for the court to believe the defence testimony of both accused that they were not aware of the existence of the drugs. Thus, both accused are found guilty and the court imposes the mandatory sentence of death by hanging," he said. Halim and Sabri were charged with committing the offence at DOHC Power Auto Services, No: 14, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/38, Pandan Indah, at about 4.15pm on Oct 20, 2001. They were charged under Section 39B(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and sentenced under Section 39B (2) of the same Act, which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction. Deputy Public Prosecutor Alfred Egin appeared for the prosecution while Halim was represented by Ghazali Taib and Sabri was represented by Rusli Zain. (Sources: New Straits Times, 14/11/2009, Malaysian Insider and West Coast Cannabis, Nov 13, 2009, Utusan Online Nov 14, 2009)

November 12, 2009: TEMERLOH: A youth was sent to the gallows after the High Court here found him guilty of trafficking in cannabis two years ago. Helmi Mohd Hussin, 23, was sentenced to death by Justice Akhtar Tahir after the court found that the prosecution had proven the case beyond reasonable doubt. The accused was said to have trafficked in 908.18 gm of cannabis at his brother’s house in No 45, Jalan Bahagia 24, Taman Bahagia Jaya, near here, on May 21, 2007. (Source: The Star, 12/11/2009)

October 8, 2009: the Malaysian High Court sentenced a Thai man to the mandatory death sentence by hanging. Judge Datuk Muhamad Ideres Muhamad Rapee found carpenter Mahamad Che Soh, 44, guilty of trafficking 17kg of cannabis on January 4, 2005, in Tanah Merah. (Sources: Bernama, UK420.com, 08/10/2009)

September 30, 2009: Indonesian Nasir Ibrahim, 31, was given the mandatory death sentence by the Malaysian High Court after being found guilty of trafficking 868gm cannabis on January 7, 2004. Judicial Commissioner Zainal Azman Ab Aziz handed down the sentence. (Sources: Bernama, 30/09/2009, Besonline, MySinchew.com, 30/9/2009)

September 16, 2009: two Indonesian nationals from East Aceh were sentenced to death by hanging by the Shah Alam court in Selangor, Malaysia. Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy found Amri Ibrahim, 36, and Musliandy Alamsyah, 26, guilty of possessing and trafficking 342.1 grams of marijuana in Selangor on January 16, 2007. The two applied for an appeal to a high court in Putrajaya. (Sources: Hands Off Cain, Bataviase.id, 16/09/2009)

September 14, 2009: a Shah Alam court in Selangor, Malaysia, sentenced an Indonesian national to death. Judge Su Geok Yiam sentenced Hendra Gunawan, 29, from Aceh, for possessing and trafficking 906 grams of marijuana on March 1, 2004. Police found the drugs in a paper bag in his car at a gas station. Gunawan planned to appeal to a high court in Putrajaya. (Sources: Oananews, 420magazine, Hands Off Cain, 14/09/09)

September 4, 2009: a 25-year-old man was sentenced to death by High Court Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh in Johor Baru, Malaysia. Khalil Anuar Sukirman allegedly trafficked 1,942.9g of cannabis at Taman Kempas on October 4, 2006. The drugs were found wrapped up in the basket of the his motorbike. The accused was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. (Sources: The Star, cannabisculture.com, current.com)

September 2, 2009: the High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia, sentenced a tyre shop assistant to hang for trafficking 625.7g of cannabis. Judge Datuk Su Geok Yiam found Lim Kok Yong, 24, guilty of committing the offence at Pandamaran, Port Klang, on November 4, 2004. (Sources: Bernama, 02/09/09. New Straits Times, Sept 3, 2009)

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The Case of Rosmawati Che Ngah

January 16, 2005: KOTA BAHARU: A Thai woman charged with drug trafficking was called to enter her defence on an amended charge of possession by the High Court here today. Justice Datuk Sulaiman Daud reduced the charge against Rosmawati Che Ngah, 27, after ruling that the prosecution had failed to prove the element of trafficking. He then fixed Feb 5 and 6 for her defence. Rosmawati, 27, who is unemployed, was originally charged with trafficking in 865.8gm of ganja in front of Bank pertanian in Machang at 12.05pm on Jan 30, 2003. (Sources: Bernama, )

March 31, 2009: PUTRAJAYA: She has spent six years in prison following her plea of guilt for possessing 865g of ganja and was expected to walk out a free woman in 2012. However, Rosmawati Che Ngah's hopes of being reunited with her family were dashed yesterday when the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of the public prosecutor to ask her to enter defence on the original charge of trafficking. The offence was allegedly committed in front of Bank Pertanian in Machang, Kelantan, about 12.15pm on Jan 31, 2003. In January 2005, then Kota Baru High Court judge Datuk Sulaiman Daud had reduced the trafficking charge, which carried the death penalty, to possession at the close of the prosecution's case on the grounds that the prosecution had not proven its case. Rosmawati, 30, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge and was jailed 14 years. With one-third remission for good behaviour, she was to be freed in 2012. Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Raus Sharif ordered Rosmawati's trial be heard before Sulaiman, now elevated as Court of Appeal judge. He also fixed the case to be mentioned on Sunday in Kota Baru for the High Court to fix an early trial date. Raus, who sat with Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong and Datuk Ahamd Maarop, said a landmark Federal Court decision last year on the conduct of an accused person was applicable in the public prosecutor's appeal. He said an accused who behaved suspiciously when arrested had to offer an explanation to the court. Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Saiful Edris Zainuddin told the court that Rosmawati was carrying a brown bag that contained the ganja and was about to enter a bank. He said she attempted to flee when confronted by three plainclothes policewomen. Saiful said she also looked nervous when the police checked the contents of the bag. Counsel Ahmad Nizam Mohamad, who represented Rosmawati, said more than one inference should be drawn about her conduct following the police arrest but the benefit of doubt should be given to her. (Sources: English: New Straits Times

August 5, 2009: KOTA BAHARU: A Thai woman, charged with trafficking in 865.8 grammes of cannabis which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction, will know her fate on Aug 20. On that day, the High Court will decide whether Rosmawati Che Ngah, 31, needs to serve a 14-year jail sentence meted out earlier for the offence which was committed about six years ago. Or, have a date with the hangman. Justice Datuk Sulaiman Daud today fixed the date after both the prosecution and the defence completed their submissions. Rosmawati, who is charged under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, would face the mandatory death penalty if the decision was in favour of the prosecution -- or serve the 14-year jail term. The case was re-tried after the prosecution filed an appeal on the jail sentence passed by the High Court under Section 39 (A) of the same act. On Feb 15, 2005, Sulaiman passed the sentence when Rosmawati pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possessing 865.8gm of cannabis. She was given the jail term after the drug trafficking charge under Section 39B was amended to Section 39A of the same act. The notice of appeal was filed by the prosecution on Feb 16, 2005, insisting a re-trial be held under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. Rosmawati, of Sungai Golok, is charged with trafficking in the cannabis in front of Bank Pertanian in Machang at 12.15pm, on Jan 31, 2003. Deputy public prosecutor Wan Azimah Yaacob appeared for the prosecution while Rosmawati was represented by Alias Abdullah and Nik Mohd Radhia Nik Abd Ghani. (Sources: Bernama, )

August 21, 2009: KOTA BARU: Result: A Thai woman was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday after she was found guilty of trafficking in cannabis six years ago. Fruit seller Rosmawati Che Ngah, 31, was charged with trafficking in 865.8g of cannabis in front of Bank Pertanian in Machang at 12.15pm on Jan 31, 2006. On Feb 15, 2005, the same court sentenced 14 years imprisonment under Section 39 (A) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 to the accused and this is the case a retrial after the prosecution filed an appeal against the sentence. The accused then escaped the death penalty after a charge of trafficking under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 be amended to Section 39A (2) of the same act. The notice of appeal was filed the prosecution on 16 February 2005 and wanted the trial under Section 39B (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952 carried out against the accused. On Feb 15, 2005, Solomon was sentenced prison after pleading guilty to charges of Rosmawati amendment has 865.8 grams of cannabis drugs. At today's proceedings, defense counsel Radhia Nik Nik Mohd Abdul Ghani earlier asked the court to reduce the sentence against the accused. (Sources: English: New Straits Times, NewSabahTimes, OanaNews, Brusearch, HighBeam, AccessMyLibrary, GOOGLE ENGLISH FROM MALAY,  Malay: Bernama,)

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August 18, 2009: the High Court in Kota Baharu, Malaysia, passed the mandatory death sentence on a Thai woman after she was found guilty of trafficking in cannabis. Judge Datuk Muhamad Ideres Muhamad Rapee sentenced Roseedah Cheubong, 41, for trafficking 1.04kg of cannibis in Pasir Puteh on February 3, 2004. (Sources: New Straits Times (via cannabisculture.com) The Star, August 19, 2009)

August 5, 2009: the Malaysian Federal Court upheld the death sentence imposed on a part-time taxi driver for trafficking 937.8 grams of cannabis. Justices Malanjum, Zakaria and Yusoff dismissed Kathavarayan Munisamy's final appeal. Kathavarayan, now 60, was sentenced to death by the Alor Setar High Court on October 29, 2003 for trafficking drugs in Alor Setar on May 31, 2000. (Sources: Bernama Daily, August 6, 2009 Court Records and Appeal Court Transcript)

July 31, 2009: a 26-year-old Indonesian from Aceh was sentenced to death by the High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia, for trafficking in 854.2g of cannabis. Ahmad Ibrahim, an unemployed man, was found guilty by judge Datuk Su Geok Yiam of trafficking the cannabis in Klang on February 9, 2005. (Sources: New Sunday Times, New Straits Times, 02/08/2009)

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July 9, 2009: in Malaysia, a 41-year-old salesman was sentenced to death for trafficking in drugs. High Court judicial commissioner Mohd Yazid Mustafa sentenced Azmani Che Rose for trafficking in 3,857g of cannabis at a petrol station in Seri Kembangan at 7.45pm on June 24, 2004. (Sources: New Straits Times, 11/07/2009)

January 12th, 2011: Appeal lodged and Appeal date set for 16th March, 2011

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July 1, 2009: Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s high court sentenced two Indonesians to death by hanging after they were caught carrying 53 kilograms of cannabis in the trunk of their car two years ago, a news report said on Wednesday. The two men, aged 28 and 30, were found guilty of drug trafficking, which carries a mandatory death sentence under Malaysian laws. "Only one punishment is given for this crime, so the both of you will be hanged," the high court judge was quoted as saying by the Malay-language Berita Harian daily. (Source: Jakarta Globe, 01/07/2009)

June 12, 2009: three men were sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for trafficking in 45.49kg of cannabis on November 1, 2002. Car washer P. Samugem, 32, ship worker V. Kumaran and unemployed S. Prakash, 36, were sentenced by judge Datuk Azahar Mohamed. Azahar found that Samugem and Prakash negotiated the price of the cannabis with an undercover police personnel at the scene, and Kumaran was the driver. (Sources: Berita Wilayah, 12/06/2009, stash.norml, June 12th, 2009)

May 21, 2009: KUALA LUMPUR, A hair salon owner and two friends were sentenced to hang by the High Court here today after being found guilty of trafficking 38.723kgs of cannabis, 10 years ago. Judge Datuk Muhamad Ideres Muhamad Rapee handed down the sentence after finding the prosecution had proven its case beyond all reasonable doubt. Muhamad Ideres said the three accused, Sia Sew Ben (the salon owner), 47, Ng Thiam Kok, 43, and Ispangat Misrum, 43, were guilty of the offence. On hearing the judgment, family members of the accused were seen to be break out in tears and proceeded to leave the court. (Sources: stash.norml, Bernama)

May 11, 2009: in Kuantan, Malaysia, a former policeman was sentenced to death after he was found guilty of trafficking in 811.9g of ganja in 2005. Judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman sentenced Mohd Isa Zainal Abidin, 52, a former lance corporal at Pekan police headquarters. Isa was found guilty on two charges of trafficking in ganja at two locations. (Sources: New Straits Times, UK420.com, 12/05/2009)

April 27, 2009: a lorry driver was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court after he was found guilty of trafficking in 511g of cannabis. Mohd Shuzairil Shamsuddin, 40, was sentenced by Justice Datuk Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad. Shuzairil was found to have committed the offence in Bandar Baru Ampang on July 3, 2006. "After scrutinising the evidence of all witnesses, I'm satisfied that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and there is one penalty, death”, he said. During the trial, seven prosecution and two defence witnesses were called to give evidence. (Sources: Hands Off Cain, Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 27/04/2009)

April 22, 2009: two Thai nationals were sentenced to death by the High Court in Temerloh, central Pahang state in Malaysia, for trafficking in 18.754 kg of cannabis. Justice Abdul Halim Aman convicted Sureeya Wuttisat, 45, and Asan Tong, 47, both of Narathiwat province. They were found guilty of committing the offense at a petrol station in Bentong, Pahang on April 24, 2004. The offense under section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 carries the mandatory death sentence. (Sources: The Star, The Nation, UK420.com, 22/04/2009)

Conviction of above overturned May 6, 2011: Thai nationals Sureeya Wutthisat, 47, and Asan Tong, 45, had their conviction and death sentences set aside by Malaysian Court of Appeal judges Maarop and Daud and High Court Judge Wahi because the High Court had committed misdirection when assessing the evidence. The Temerloh High Court sentenced them to death on April 22, 2009, for trafficking in 18,754 grams of cannabis in Jalan Ketari, Bentong, Pahang state on April 24, 2004. (Sources: New Straits Times, MCOT.net, 07/05/2011)

March 13, 2009: a 26 year old unemployed man was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for drug trafficking. Fiaz Ahamed Ibrahim was found guilty of trafficking 915g of cannabis at a toll plaza in Puchong in March 2003. Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin decided after hearing the testimonies of nine prosecution witnesses and one defence witness. (Sources: New Straits Times, 14/03/2009)

February 27, 2009: a former customer service technician was sent to the gallows by the Malaysian High Court for trafficking in drugs. Judge Datuk Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad found M. Saravanan Muthu, 35, guilty of trafficking in 1,800g of cannabis. The offence was committed at a petrol station in Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya, at 9pm on March 9, 2006. (Sources: Star, cannabisculture.com, 27/02/2009)

February 19, 2009: two Indonesians, Hasan Rawi, 42, and Bahari Mohd Talib, 46, were sentenced to death, in Malaysia, for trafficking in 10kg of ganja at Sentul on February 5, 2002. Justice Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki said the prosecution proved that the 10 slabs of drugs found in Hasan's car belonged to both accused and they had agreed to sell it for RM1,200 per slab to two police detectives disguised as buyers. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 19/02/2009)

February 16, 2009: a part time taxi driver was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court after he was found guilty of trafficking drugs. Romi Amora Amir, 38, from Larkin Jaya, was charged on August 5, 2005, with trafficking in 466.4g of cannabis on July 24, 2005. Romi Amora also faced a separate charge of possessing 0.7g of cannabis. Romi Amora denied both charges and claimed he had no knowledge of the drugs found in the taxi. High Court Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh ruled that the defence had failed to cast doubt on the prosecution's case. (Sources: Star Online, 16/02/2009)

February 7, 2009: an Indonesian national from Aceh was sent to the gallows by the Malaysian High Court for trafficking in drugs. Judicial Commissioner Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim handed down the sentence after finding labourer Muklis Jaafar, 31, guilty of trafficking in 866gm of cannabis. The offence was committed along Jalan Shahpadu, Kampung Teluk Kapas, Rantau Panjang, in Klang at 9.45pm on Sept 21, 2004. In sentencing, Abang Iskandar said he had considered Muklis' statement given from the dock and found it to be unreasonable and not credible. (Sources: New Straits Times, Case #10 Court Records, 07/02/2009)

January 30, 2009: Mohd Rizal Mohd Jamil, a van driver from Kangkar Tebrau, was sentenced to death by Malaysian High Court Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh for trafficking 766.6g of cannabis in Plentong, Malaysia, on February 7, 2006. (Source: The Star Online, 30/01/2009)

January 23, 2009: Datuk Azhar Ma’ah of the Malaysian High Court sentenced Mohd Azman Ahmad from Taman Bukti in Ampangan to death for trafficking 381.8gm of cannabis at an industrial estate on April 12, 2004. High Court judge Datuk Azhar Ma’ah said yesterday the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt.(Sources: Star, Cannabis Culture, 24/01/2009)

January 23, 2009: Judge Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin of the Malaysian Federal Court dismissed an appeal against the death sentence imposed by the Sibu High Court on former college student Teng Howe Sing, 31, for trafficking in 371.12 grammes of cannabis in Sibu on March 17, 1999. (Sources: New Strait Times, Cannabis Culture, 23/01/2009)

January 8, 2009: the Malaysian High Court sentenced a man from Aceh to death for trafficking in 491g of ganja in 2006. Teuku Nawardin Syamsuar, 32, unemployed, was found guilty of committing the offence in front of the AS Logistics Sdn Bhd factory in Jalan Teluk Kapas, Rantau Panjang, Klang, at 8.45pm on Oct 9 2006. Police found the drugs in a pocket of his trousers. Nawardin was sentenced by judge Datuk Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad. (Sources: New Straits Times, 09/01/2009)

The death penalty and not only
December 17, 2008: a man from Aceh, Indonesia, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail and 10 strokes of the rotan after he pleaded guilty in 2005 to possessing drugs, received the mandatory death penalty from the same High Court in Malaysia. Former lorry driver Mohd Nor Fauzi, 43, was now found guilty of trafficking in 980g of cannabis at PJS 4/27B, Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya, about 5.40pm on July 13, 2000. On June 22, 2005, the court had amended the charge of trafficking under Section 39B(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 to a lesser charge of possessing the drugs at the end of the prosecution case. Following this, Mohd Nor pleaded guilty and was sentenced to jail and whipping. A week later, however, the prosecution took the case to the Court of Appeal and succeeded in having the High Court rulings set aside. The Court of Appeal also ordered Mohd Nor to enter his defence to the original charge. On Oct 9 this year, he gave evidence under oath to defend himself. Judge Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim said Mohd Nor's defence was a mere denial. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, Xinhua Asia-Pacific, 420magazine.com, December 17th, 2008)

November 15, 2008: a Malaysian court sentenced two Indonesians, Mohamad Idris and Jainuddin, to death for drug trafficking, Antara newswire reported. The Kuala Lumpur based court found the two defendants guilty of distributing marijuana and were found to be in a possession of 5.7 kilogram of marijuana when they were arrested in September 2002. The two claimed that they were innocent and did not know the content of a package that they were then delivering to a person they identified as Tengku Yan, but they were never able to prove the existence of Yan. (Sources: Jakarta Post, 15/11/2008)

October 22, 2008: an odd-job worker in Shah Alam, Malaysia, was sent to the gallows for trafficking in drugs three years ago. T. Sivakumar, 30, was sentenced by High Court judge Datuk Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad, who found him guilty of trafficking in 1,284g of cannabis in front of a spare parts shop at Jalan Utara 2/1 in Puchong at 2.30pm on June 19, 2005. (Sources: New Straits Times, 22/10/2008)

October 8, 2008: the Malaysian High Court sentenced two men to death by hanging after they were found guilty of trafficking in nearly 1kg of cannabis six years ago. Judicial Commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim, in making the decision, said the court had no choice but to pass the death sentence on Khairil Anuar Abdul Rahman, 34, and Afendi Adam, 28, after the prosecution proved their case against the two men beyond reasonable doubt. Ridwan, however, did not provide the grounds for his judgment. Khairil Anuar, a restaurant worker, and Afendi, a painter, were charged in the High Court here on March 12, 2002, with trafficking in 971gm of cannabis in Jalan Rokam, Taman Razaki, here on Feb 28, 2002, with another person still at large. Lawyers were expected to file an appeal for their clients against the conviction and sentence. (Sources: Bernama, New Straits Times, hightimes.com, current.com)

September 26, 2008: a court in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, passed the death sentence on an Acehnese migrant worker from Indonesia named Junaidi Nurdin, 32, for distributing 979 grams of hemp in the country. The verdict was read out by Judge Tuan Abang Iskandar Tuan Abang Hasyim at a session of the Shah Alam Higher Court, the defendant's interpreter, Saiful Aiman, said. Junaidi was arrested by the Malaysian police on April 6, 2004, after an undercover policeman, Yusuf Bin Said, arranged a meeting to buy hemp in a restaurant. At the time, Junaidi had 1 kg of hemp and offered it to the policeman for RM 2,000. Junaidi is planning to appeal to the Putrajaya Supreme Court. (Sources: Antara, 26/09/2008, Stopthedrugwar, Indonesian blog, handsoffcain, Oananews, Sept 26th, 2008)

June 17, 2008: a chicken seller was sentenced to death by the Kota Bharu High Court in Malaysia after being found guilty of trafficking in almost 2kg of cannabis. Judge Datuk Sulaiman Daud passed the sentence on Ou Seng Sameae, 40. Ou Seng, from Narathiwat, Thailand, was charged with committing the offence in Kampung Berek Gong Demin on January 10, 2002. The court rejected Seng's defence that he was an innocent carrier and that the bag containing the drugs was not his. (Sources: Bernama, 17/06/2008, New Nation, June 17th, 2008)

May 22, 2008: a 29 year old odd-job labourer was sentenced to death for trafficking in cannabis at a house near in Kuantan, Malaysia, nine years ago. Saiful Nizam Yusof, of Beserah, was found guilty of having trafficked in 2,854gm of cannabis at house Lot 1513, KM29, Kampung Pantai Jaya, Gebeng, at 11pm on Dec 31, 1999. High Court judge Mohd Apandi Ali also found him guilty of trafficking 828.5gm of cannabis at a chicken coop behind the house at the same place and time. The accused was later taken to the Kajang Prison where he awaits an appeal against his sentencing. (Sources: The Star Online, 22/05/2008)

May 12, 2008: Two Thai businessmen were sentenced to death by a High Court in Malaysia for trafficking in cannabis in 2002. Justice Mohtarudin Baki sentenced Masoh Daloh, 35, and Romuelee Yakoh, 46, for trafficking in 34,942gm of cannabis at the Taman Tasik Titiwangsa's carpark at 12.10am on Feb 20, 2002. The judge said that a police officer, acting on a tip-off, saw both accused in a car at the car park that day. The police officer checked the car and found four compressed slabs of drugs on the back seat of the car, 13 slabs at the back seat's legroom and 17 slabs in a speaker. The judge said that the seized 34 compressed slabs of drugs were sent to a chemist in Petaling Jaya for analysis that confirmed it as cannabis. Justice Mohtarudin said he convicted both under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and imposed the mandatory death sentence. (Source: The Star Online, Bernama, Malay: Utusanonline, 12/05/2008)

April 16, 2008: an Indonesian national from Aceh province was sentenced to death by the Shah Alam high court in Selangor, Malaysia, after being found guilty of drug dealing. "Presiding Judge Zahara handed down the sentence on Muhyidin, 25," Saiful Aiman, the court's interpreter for the Indonesian language, said. Muhyidin was arrested by police outside a factory, Hong Brother Holding, in Selangor on July 23, 2004. He was in possession of 441 grams of ganja. Data from the Indonesian embassy show that there are about 250 Indonesians, most of them involved in drug cases and coming from Aceh, who are facing the gallows in Malaysia. (Sources: Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies, 16/04/2008)

April 4, 2008: High Court of Appeal: Prosecution vs Mohd Al-Afizi Ithnin: The accused was tried for the following capital offence: "That you on 12/6/2003 at about 6:30 pm in Kedai Destina Pam Minyak Projet, Taman Tampoi Utama, Tampoi, Johore Bahru, in the District of Johore Bahru, in the state of Johore Darul Ta'zim were found to be trafficking 981.4 gram of cannabis and hence you have committed an offence under section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 and may be punished under section 39B(2) of the same Act." Judgment: (Source: ipsofactoj, BorneoBest, April 4, 2008)

January 25, 2008: a welder and a car wash worker were sentenced to death by the High Court in Malaysia for trafficking in 6kg of cannabis. Judge Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh said the evidence adduced by the prosecution showed there was a series of meetings between the accused and police undercover agents and they had offered to sell drugs. He found K. Nanda Kumar and M. Poobalan, both 30, of Kulai, guilty of jointly trafficking in the drugs in front of the Apollo Hotel in Jalan Nakhoda 7, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah at 8pm on Aug 24, 2003. (Sources: New Straits Times, The Star Online, 25/1/2008)

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December 18, 2007: SHAH ALAM, Dec 18 (Bernama) -- A courier company clerk was sentenced to death by the High Court here today for trafficking in cannabis. Razali Ahmad, 33, of Gombak, was found guilty of trafficking in 858gm of cannabis which was found in his sling bag in a house in Jalan Dewan Gombak Setia, Gombak, at about 5.45am on Aug 6, 2003. (Sources: Bernama, stopthedrugwar, mydd.com, deadoralivezone,)

November 8, 2011: Appeal dismissed: Original conviction and sentence to stand. (Source: Malysian AG Office )

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November 21, 2007: Rosli Shaik Yahaya was sentenced to death for trafficking 4,645g of cannabis in front of the Taiping railway station at Jalan Stesyen, Taiping, Perak at 7.05 am on Feb 5, 2000. (Source: Appeal Court Records (pdf) August 21, 2010)

February 14th, 2011: The Federal Court upheld the conviction and death sentence. (Source: Borneo Post, Malay Mail, February 15th, 2011)

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October 30, 2007: Judge Datuk Abdul Rahim Uda of the High Court in George Town, Malaysia, sentenced painter Chuah Kok Eng to death for drug trafficking. Chuah, 47, was sentenced to death for trafficking in 271.9g of cannabis at his house in Jalan Jelutong a 12.45am on Nov 3, 2001. A stay of execution pending appeal was granted. (Sources: New Straits Times, Malay: Utusanonline)

May 1st, 2007: KUANTAN: The High Court yesterday sentenced to death a trader who was found guilty of trafficking 61.159kg of cannabis more than four years ago. Judge Datuk Heliliah Mohd Yusoff passed the sentence on Ibrahim Sulaiman, 46, of Kelantan, who had committed the offence in front of the Petronas service station in Balok Makmor near here on Dec 1 2002. (Sources: The Star, cannabisworld,  )

April 8, 2007: Wan Bakri Wan Ahmad, a technician, was sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Malaysia. High Court judge Datuk Ahmad Maarop returned a guilty verdict and passed the mandatory death sentence. Bakri, 47, was found guilty of trafficking in 402.03g of cannabis at Kampung Kubang Bakong in Jalan Pulau Musang on July 10, 2003 and was also sentenced to 17 years' jail on two counts of possession of cannabis. (Sources: New Straits Times, and The Star, 09/04/2007)

February 26, 2007: The Malaysian Federal Court dismissed an appeal by Thai national Wichai Onprom against a death sentence for trafficking in 1.2kg of cannabis in 1995. His sentence and conviction was unanimously affirmed by the court. Wichai was caught trafficking in the drug at the Bukit Kayu Hitam immigration complex in Kedah at about 2.45pm on Feb 24, 1995. On April 6 that year, the High Court sentenced him to death for the offence. On Sept 6, 2004, his appeal to the Court of Appeal was dismissed. (Sources: The Star, Malaysia Star, 27/02/2007)

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January 7, 2007: Ghazalee Kassim and two other unidentified men were convicted and sentenced to death for trafficking 50kg of cannabis. The trial commenced on April 10, 2002 in the Johor Baru High Court in Malaysia, and on July 2, the judge reserved his judgement on whether to call for their defence. It was four years later, on Dec 18, 2006, that the judge ruled that the prosecution had succeeded in making out a prima facie case. Two days later Ghazalee lodged an appeal through his council Hisyam Teh Poh Teik. (Source: The Star, 25/08/2007)

Court of Appeal: May 22nd, 2008: [23] The other authorities cited for the defence illustrate the following catagories of delay: (1) Prosecution’s delay in bringing an indictment. This has not been tested in our courts, but was raised in Jago, supra. There, the High Court of Australia dismissed the defence application for permanent stay of prosecution, and insisted that there must be actual prejudice or unfairness and not merely on "presumptive prejudice", as permanent stay should be ordered only in an extreme case but not on the basis of delay alone; Conclusion [60] On the foregoing grounds, the appellants’ appeals are dismissed and the convictions and sentences of the trial court are hereby affirmed. (Source: Court documents, May 22nd, 2008)

Court of Final Appeal: June 17th, 2009: ZAKI TUN AZMI, HASHIM BIN DATO' HAJI YUSOFF, MOHD GHAZALI BIN MOHD YUSOFF: The amount of drugs involved was 50, 659 grams of Cannabis. It was unfortunate that the trial judge took some four years five months to decide to call for defence. According to the appellants, the delay had prejudiced them. In the case before us, the Court of Appeal had correctly analysed the grounds of judgment of the trial judge and rightly concluded that the delay had not caused injustice. 27. On these findings, we dismiss all the three Appellants’ appeals and affirm and uphold their convictions and sentences. (Source: Court documents, June 17th, 2009)

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November 27, 2006: Abdul Rashid Rahman, a 43 year old unemployed man involved in a cannabis deal with an undercover policeman, failed in his appeal to have his death sentence commuted. The Federal Court in Malaysia affirmed the death sentence imposed by the High Court and upheld by the Court of Appeal. The panel also dismissed the appeal against the acquittal of Mohamad Fauzi Ridzuan, 47, by the Court of Appeal. He, too, had been convicted and sentenced to death by the High Court. Two others jointly charged with trafficking in 4.7kg of cannabis at a petrol kiosk on Jalan Masjid in Penang on April 17, 1998, were acquitted without their defence being called. (Sources: New Straits Times, 28/11/2006)

October 31, 2006: Rasahiman Rasul, 30, was sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court, Malaysia, for trafficking in 1,039gm of cannabis on June 16, 2003. (Sources: The Malay Mail, 01/11/2006)

October 30, 2006: Osman Md Yatim, 63, was sentenced to death in Malaysia for trafficking 3,979g of cannabis. After the proceedings, the prosecution officer approached Osman and told him that he could make an appeal for a lighter sentence but the officer was taken back by the defendant’s reply: "It doesn't matter. I am not bothered as I am already old." Osman was charged under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for trafficking the cannabis on July 17, 2001. (Sources: The Malay Mail, 31/10/2006)

October 17, 2006: the Federal Court in Putrajaya, Malaysia, dismissed Mohd Azhar Saad’s appeal against his death sentence for trafficking in almost 1kg of cannabis. The court rejected counsel Datuk K. Kumaraendran’s contention that the Court of Appeal had erred in law when it accepted his client’s statement made to a lance corporal at the time of his arrest. In November 1994, the High Court found Mohd Azhar, 38, guilty of trafficking in the drug at the Bukit Kayu Hitam immigration complex in Kedah on July 6, 1993. His appeal to the Court of Appeal was dismissed in August 2001.  (Sources: The Star, 17/10/2006)

September 18, 2006: families of Mohamed Awang, 48, from Tanah Merah, and Thai national Rohing, 42, sobbed as High Court judge Datuk Sulaiman Daud sentenced them to death for trafficking cannabis. The two had been jointly charged under Malaysia’s Dangerous Drugs Act for attempting to sell more than 14kg of the herb. (Sources: New Straits Times, 18/09/2006)

September 16, 2006: a 31-year-old man Nazri Sahak was sentenced to death by a High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for trafficking in 866.28gm of cannabis in 2001. (Sources: New Straits Times, 16/09/2006) Appeal rejected August 24, 2009.

March 30, 2006: Malaysia’s Court of Appeal upheld a High Court decision to send an Indonesian man to the gallows for trafficking in cannabis. The appeals court ruled that the trial court had not erred in its decision to impose the death sentence on Parlan Dadeh, 33, for trafficking in 436.2g of cannabis. Parlan had been sentenced to death by the High Court on April 29, 2003. (Sources: New Straits Times, handsoffcain,)

February 15, 2006: Mohammad Abdullah, unemployed, was sentenced to death by a High Court in Malaysia after being found guilty of trafficking in 2018.04 grams of cannabis. Mohammad, 31, who was wearing a gray T-shirt and blue jeans appeared calm in the dock when the sentence was passed. Mohammad from Keramat, Kuala Lumpur, was alleged to have committed the offence at Jalan Jurutera near Jalan Puchong on December 22, 2000. The drugs were found in a bag on the front seat of the car driven by the accused. (Sources: homegrownbud, cannabisculture, Bernama, The Star)

September 17, 2005: a Malaysian court sentenced Mardani Hussin, an Indonesian man, to death by hanging for trafficking cannabis. Hussin, 29, a labourer from Aceh province, Indonesia, had reportedly entered Malaysia without a valid permit in April 2002 and committed the offence six months later. "Many of your fellow countrymen came here to earn a proper living," High Court judge Abdull Hamid Embong was quoted as telling him. "I am sure they are ashamed of your act." Mardani was charged with trafficking 927 grammes (32.5 ounces) of cannabis in the capital on October 22, 2002. He was riding on a motorcycle when he was stopped by police who searched him and seized a parcel with the drug. (Source: Agence France Presse, 17/09/2005) Appealed allowed: May 8, 2009: " For the reasons adumbrated above, we were satisfied that the conviction of the appellant was unsafe and should be set aside. We accordingly made those orders as stated in para. [3] of this judgment."

September 6th, 2005: PUTRAJAYA, Mon. - An odd-job worker today escaped the hangman's noose. The Court of Appeal allowed Mohd Fauzi Ridzwan's appeal against a High Court conviction for trafficking in 4.5kg of ganja seven years ago. Mohd Fauzi and farmer Abdul Rasheed Abdul Rahman, 48, who were jointly charged, had been sentenced to death. In acquitting Mohd Fauzi, justice Datuk Gopal Sri Ram, delivering a unanimous decision, said Mohd Fauzi's conviction could not be sustained because the grounds in finding him guilty were weak. (Source: New Straits Times, Sept 6th, 2005)

July 5, 2005: the Federal Court dismissed the appeal of Mohamad Yazri Minhat against the death sentence imposed by the High Court which found him guilty of trafficking 133 kg of cannabis. Justice Siti Norma said there was no reason for the Federal Court to disturb the decisions made by the High Court and the Court of Appeal. The Kuala Lumpur High Court had sentenced Mohamad Yazri, 31, to death on February 22, 1999, for trafficking the cannabis on January 18, 1997. The Court of Appeal on Sept 11, 2002 affirmed the death sentence imposed by the High Court. Mohamad Yazri was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 06/07/2005)

October 27, 2004: Brunei: A Malaysian national was sentenced to death by hanging by the Brunei High Court yesterday for possessing a compressed slab of cannabis weighing 922.276 grammes for the purpose of trafficking. His compatriot, who was jointly charged, however escaped the noose. Under the Brunei law, possessing more than 600 grammes of a controlled drug carries the death penalty. The defendant, Lam Ming Hwa, who is the second defendant, was found guilty after trial for possessing the said drugs by the Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Mohammed Saied and Judge Dato Paduka Steven Chong. Lam Ming Hwa and first defendant Sylvester Anak Kuling were caught by the Narcotics Control Bureau officers at a plaza in Tutong on November 24, 2002. (Source: NORML, thehempire.com )

October 12, 2004: Zulkipli Othman, 30, of Terengganu, was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court after being found guilty of trafficking in 237.4g of cannabis on May 16, 2001. (Sources: New Straits Times, 12/10/2004)

September 30, 2004: A lorry driver was sentenced to death by the High Court in Bernama, Malaysia, for trafficking in 874.5gm of cannabis. Dzulkifli Ismail, 35, was found guilty of committing the offence at a house in Kampug Kuala Kapak, Padang Kijang, Bukit Panau, Tanah Merah on Aug 6 2001. He was charged under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act, which carries the mandatory death sentence on conviction. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 30/09/2004)

March 30, 2004: Mohamad Sofri Che Ani, was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for trafficking in 3,632gm of cannabis. Justice Datuk Hasan Lah found Mohamad Sofri, 25, guilty of committing the offence in front of a food stall in the premises of a petrol station in Taman Bersatu at about on October 22, 2001. Mohamad Sofri, who was employed by one a factory in Kulim, was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act which carries the mandatory death sentence on conviction. In his judgment, Hasan said the court was satisfied that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case. (Sources: Bernama, 30/03/2004)

Mohamad Sofri Che Ani: Court of Appeal: October 2009: research ongoing on this case.

February 11, 2004: Hamsir Md Rashid, a 32-year-old postman, was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court after he was found guilty of trafficking in 366.1g of cannabis in Kampung Chennah, Jelebu on March 11, 2000. (Sources: New Straits Times, 11/02/2004)

October 29, 2003: M. Kathavarayan, 54, was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for trafficking 937.8g of cannabis. Kathavarayan, of Lunas, Kulim, was found guilty of committing the offence at Jalan Utama in Taman Sultan Abdul Halim on May 31 2000. He was charged under Section 39B(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the mandatory death sentence on conviction. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 29/10/2003)

M. Kathavarayan: Appeal lost, 05 August 2009: "A three-person bench presided by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, and Federal Court Judge Datuk Hashim Yusoff dismissed M Kathavarayan’s final appeal to quash his conviction and death sentence." (Sources: The Nut Graph, 05 August 2009)

August 30, 2003: Jefri Ibrahim, a 26 year old welder, was sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for trafficking 1,7 kg of cannabis on August 10, 2001. (Sources: New Straits Times, accessmylibrary, ) Jefri lost his Appeal on July 17, 2009. (Jefri Bin Ibrahim v Pendakwa Raya - NO: R-05-78-2003 in Malay here)

August 8, 2003: Mijan Mohamed Deros, a 57 year old Malaysian national, was sentenced to death by the High Court for trafficking in 527.5gm of cannabis on 18 October 2001. In his judgment, Justice Datuk Sulaiman Daud said that the defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case. "Mijan's evidence left many questions unanswered and he lacked credibility," he said. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, )

June 8, 2003: Wan Marzuki Wan Abdullah, 26, was sentenced to death by the High Court for trafficking in over 3 kilos of cannabis in 1999. In passing sentence, Judge Nik Hashim said that drug trafficking was a serious offence and there was no alternative penalty but the mandatory death sentence. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 08/06/2003)

March 25, 2003: Wan Mohd Azman Hassan, 30, and Ibrahim Nawang, 29, were sentenced to death by the High Court after they were found guilty of trafficking 1.884kg of cannabis in Kemaman in 1999. The judge, Nik Hashim, said the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the two had a common intention of trafficking in cannabis. "There is no loophole in the handling of the case. The two accused had common intention to deliver and sell (the drug) following a deal," he said. Wan Mohd Azman and Ibrahim had been charged with having common intention of trafficking in the cannabis at a petrol station in Chukai on April 21, 1999. (Sources: New Straits Times, accessmylibrary, ) Wan Mohd Azman Hassan lost his Appeal in 2008. He lost a further Appeal on July 27, 2009 Malay language. It is shown from the Appeal documents that his co-defendant Ibrahim Nawang died in custody (a common occurence.)

January 11, 2003: Ahmad Sabri Mat Isa, 30, was sentenced to death by the High Court after being found guilty of trafficking 958gm of cannabis in 1999. In passing sentence, Judicial Commissioner Su Geok Yiam said she had no choice but to impose the death penalty as it was the only sentence provided for by the law. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 11/01/2003)

September 30, 2002: A 28-year-old electrical and telecommunications subcontractor was sentenced to death by the High Court for trafficking in 315.14 grams of cannabis. Judge Datuk Nik Hashim Nik Abdul Rahman said the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused, Kamal Abdul Ghani, of Kampung Buluh Gading, committed the crime on September 27, 1999. "An offence will remain an offence even it was done by an addict. This case goes to show that no matter how clever one is, the law will always catch up with him," Nik Hashim said. Counsel Wan Roslan Othman said he would be filing an appeal. (Sources: New Straits Times, 01/10/2002)

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September 18, 2002: A painter was sentenced to death by the High Court in Ipoh, Malysia for trafficking in 420gm of ganja. Lee Kuan Woh, 25, of Taman Chempaka, was found guilty of committing the offence on April 4, 2000. He was charged under Section 39B (1)(A) of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the death sentence on conviction.  Justice Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong, in convicting Lee, said that the prosecution had proven its case against him. He said that Lee was found with the drugs in his hands and he knew what he was carrying. Defence counsel Ranjit Singh said that its was Lee's first offence. In passing sentence, Justice Abdull Hamid said that drug trafficking had caused sufferings to society and a person involved in such activities could be categorised as a "silent terrorist". He also said that drugs had proven to be the number enemy of the country. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 18/09/2002)

July 31, 2009: Appeal allowed: October 5, 2008. download pdf The Federal Court unanimously allowed Lee's appeal against the death sentence because of irregularities in his original trial for drug trafficking in the High Court, and held that the trial judge's behaviour constituted a violation of Article 5 of the Constitution of Malaysia, which provides that no person shall be deprived of life or personal liberty save in accordance with the law. The decision further held that constitutional rights must be read prismatically and in a generous fashion, and not literally. Lee was set free. See Wikipedia article here

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September 5, 2001: Salesman Mohd Taufiq Mani Abdullah had been sentenced to death by the Kangar High Court on August 18, 1994 for trafficking 2.8kg of cannabis at Pasar Padang Besar in Perlis. The appellate court sentenced him to 15 years' jail and 10 strokes of the rotan for dadah possession. (Source: handsoffcain )

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June 1, 2000: Mohd Zaiham Mislan, 25, from Johor Baru, was sentenced to death by the High Court after he was found guilty of trafficking 45.5kg of cannabis in a car in April 1999. (Sources: handsoffcain, Bernama, New Straits Times, 01/06/2000)

Final Appeal - LOST - 19th October, 2009: "The conviction recorded and the sentence passed by the High Court and affirmed by the Court of Appeal are hereby affirmed." Source: MOHD ZAIHAM MISLAN v. PP FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA

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May 16, 2000: Muhammad Safarudin Baba, 21, and Mohd Ashraf Endut, 20 were sentenced to death by the High Court for trafficking in 1,031.9 grams of cannabis in 1999. (Sources: New Straits Times, 16/05/2000)

6 February 2002: Court of Appeal judges Justices Mokhtar Sidin and Mohd Noor Ahmad and High Court judge Justice Faiza Thamby Chik, in unanimously allowing the appeal of Mohd Safarudin Baba, 22, said that there was serious doubts as to whether he was in possession of the cannabis since he did not carry the wooden box containing the drug at that time. The court reduced the charge of Mohd Ashraf Endut, 21, from trafficking to possessing the drug under Section 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act and sentenced him to 12 years' jail and 10 strokes of the rotan. (Source: The Star, 6 February, 2002)

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April 6, 2000: A teenager with no legal representation was handed a life-sentence in prison and eight lashes with a cane for possessing 37 grams of packaged marijuana and one marijuana plantMohd Naziff Ahmad, 18, was arrested at his home on November 10, 1999 and was charged with possession of a marijuana plant under Malaysia's harsh Dangerous Drug Act.  Last Thursday, the Sessions Court sentenced Mohd Naziff to the maximum penalty of life imprisonment and six lashes with a cane. Four days later, a lower magistrate's court tacked on two more lashes and another two years to the higher court's sentence.  Tom Dean, Esq., NORML Foundation Litigation Director, has contacted Amnesty International to determine how NORML might assist in bringing national attention to this tragedy. "While NORML's mission is to reform marijuana laws here in America, it is impossible to ignore this extreme violation of human rights and human dignity," Dean said. "For a young man to be tried, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the harmless possession of marijuana in the privacy of his own home, without even being allowed to consult with an attorney, is an insult to our collective conscience." (Source: NORML)

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March 30, 2000: The Court of Appeals upheld the mandatory death sentence imposed on Andy Baginda, a Filipino drug trafficker. Andy Baginda was sentenced to death by the Kota Kinabalu High Court on June 22 in 1998 after he was found guilty of trafficking in 811gms of cannabis in 1996. (Sources: Asia Intelligence Wire, 30/03/2000)

Commuted to life in prison through Filipino President's intervention.

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February 23, 2000: The Federal Court dismissed an appeal by a former soldier against the death sentence for drug trafficking. Aidil Maarof, 29, of Johor, was sentenced to the gallows by the High Court on July 27, 1992, after he was found guilty of trafficking in 727.7gm of cannabis on February 24 1990. (Sources: Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 23/02/2000)

Lowest amount of cannabis that has drawn capital punishment in Malaysia since year 2000? Zulkipli Othman, caught with 237.4 grammes (8.37 ounces)

google search terms: "executed" "cannabis" = http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=dieksekusi+ganja&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Researched, compiled and updated by Jayelle Farmer
Founder of Legalise Cannabis International
Thursday April 8, 2010

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Past known Executions for cannabis in Malaysia

The Malaysian government is now trying to hide these cases from the public.
The Wayback Machine finds them for us after the government deletes them.
This is the photo of the execution of Ramli Kasron that the government ordered removed


RAMLI KASRON, DIHUKUM GANTUNG
Ramli Kasron, December 11th 2009 (page removed) Also in Malay here. and here.
executed for trafficking 4.470 kilos of cannabis on 19th April 2006
See main story under date (main section, above)
And page now refound in a new location here.

OK - so ALL of the above pages have been removed by the Malaysian government.
Fortunately, we have a pdf copy of the Page before it was removed, so we will host it here.
Please click here to download the pdf of the execution of Ramli Kasron.
Note to our web host: The above document is now in the Public Domain as a matter of extensive public interest.

Mohd Alladin Talib, December 27, 2002
executed for trafficking 4,525 gm of cannabis on June 26, 1993

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Mustaffa Kamal Abdul Aziz, 38, and Mohd Radi Abdul Majid, 53,
17th January 1996  (also deleted)
executed for trafficking 1.18 kilograms of cannabis in 1991

Found here - removed from everywhere else. Also deleted.

Here is the pdf I made. They can't delete this one.

"Malaysia: Amnesty International deplores recent executions"

"KUALA LUMPUR: Two men scheduled to be hanged tomorrow for drug trafficking are appealing for a stay of execution pending an appeal to the Federal Court in an unrelated case over the ambiguity in the definition of cannabis. Mustaffa Kamal Abdul Aziz and Mohd Radi Abdul Majid were sentenced to death by the High Court here in March 1991 for trafficking in more than a kg of cannabis. (The presiding judge was Datuk Mohtar Abdullah, who is now the Attorney-General.) They want the Pardon's Board to review the case based on the confusion in the definition of the word cannabis in the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which could be cleared up in the Federal Court appeal. Their lawyer, Karpal Singh, told a press conference he had sent a letter to Mohtar yesterday asking him to apply to the Pardons Board for the stay of execution. Citing the Federal Court's decision in Shukri Mohamad v Public Prosecutor, Karpal Singh said it was held that referring to the drugs as cannabis as defined in the Dangerous Drugs Act was insufficient. Section 2 of the Dangerous Drugs Act had to be cited for the definition of cannabis because "cannabis (Indian hemp)" was also included in the Act. Indian hemp is a more potent form of cannabis but possession of it carries a lighter sentence. Under the circumstances, the Federal Court held that a person should be convicted for a lesser offence of mere possession. The Court of Appeal in a recent case decided that a person could be convicted and sentenced to death for trafficking in cannabis (Indian hemp). An appeal in this case has been filed in the Federal Court, said Karpal Singh, who is also the lawyer in the case. Chief Judge of Malaya Justice Tan Sri Anuar Zainal Abidin, when presiding over the Federal Court sitting in Ipoh on Dec 12, commented that different definations in the Act should be removed. "The Federal Court appeal is expected to be heard soon and they should be given a chance," Karpal Singh said. He said Mustaffa and Mohd Radi's families had also been given insufficient notice of the decision to carry out the sentence tomorrow."

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March 15, 2013: "I really respect your work fighting to remove the death penalty in Malaysia for canabis. I am a Malaysian and i wish more countrymen are outspoken like u. Death penalty for a plant is wrong and makes no sense ! Its extremely primitive thinking and it should be abolished. Regards ..."

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