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22 May 2024

Monday, May 30, 2022

102 Ganja plants: Cops get 5 extra remand days for ex-diplomat’s son

The son of an ex-diplomat has to stay in remand for another five days as part of police investigation into the alleged cultivation of 102 cannabis plants in his father’s (ex-diplomat) home in Janda Baik, Pahang.

The Bentong Magistrates’ Court this afternoon greenlighted the authorities’ bid for an extension of remand against the son until June 4.

On Saturday last week (two days ago), the same lower court denied the police’s bid for a seven-day extension of remand against the former ambassador, who was released the same day.

Speaking to Malaysiakini today, the son’s counsel Rahmat Hazlan confirmed that magistrate Shahrul Ekhsan Hasim permitted the police’s remand-extension application against his client.

“The magistrate allowed the extension of remand for five days until June 4,” the lawyer said.

On whether the former diplomat and his son would be hauled to court to face drug charges, Rahmat said they are not certain at the moment, adding that they are keeping tabs with the authorities regarding this.

Previously in a brief statement to the media, the lawyer contended that the magistrate “was satisfied that there is no evidence to implicate (the former ambassador) with any offences, amongst others”.

The former diplomat was detained during a police raid on his house on May 21.

Police later arrested his son in Shah Alam last Monday.

Learned from YouTube

Pahang police chief Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf had been reported as saying that the 78-year-old former diplomat had learnt techniques to plant and process cannabis via YouTube videos, while the seeds were obtained from compressed cannabis bought in Kuala Lumpur seven years ago.

Reportedly the biggest bust of its kind, Ramli said the suspect, during initial investigations, had admitted to planting cannabis since 2015 on a two-hectare plot of land in Janda Baik.

He also reportedly admitted to mixing drops of liquid marijuana into his drinks for the past three years, although he tested negative for the substance during a urine test.

However, his son tested positive for marijuana and reportedly admitted to taking the substance since 2013.

Police are investigating the case under Section 39B, Section 6B and Section 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. - Mkini

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