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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Oct 27 verdict for appeal to quash drug conviction of Mat Sabu’s son


Former defence minister Mohamad Sabu’s son, Ahmad Saiful Islam, will know on Oct 27 whether he succeeds in his appeal to overturn his conviction and eight-month jail sentence over a drug abuse case.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court today fixed the decision date on the appeal by Ahmad Saiful.

The 33-year-old appellant’s defence counsel Nasar Khan confirmed this to Malaysiakini.

“(Hearing of the appeal) has been wrapped up (today before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah). The decision is on Oct 27,” the lawyer said.

On June 24 last year, the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court found Ahmad Saiful guilty of the offence, and imposed an eight-month jail term.

Ahmad Saiful was alleged to have used THC-type drugs at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur at 2.05am on Jan 5, last year.

His charge was framed under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail, or fine not exceeding RM5,000, or both penalties

The lower court ordered Ahmad Saiful to serve the custodial sentence from June 24 last year. However, it allowed the accused’s application to stay the jail term, pending disposal of his appeal at the High Court.

Six prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses, including the accused, took to the witness stand during the trial which began on Oct 15, 2019.

On June 19, 2019, the media reported that Ahmad Saiful was charged six days earlier at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court with consumption of the drugs.

He claimed trial under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which specified a maximum fine of RM5,000 or a maximum two-year jail term. - Mkini

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