Judges may be allowed more discretion in sentencing drug traffickers

Source: The Star Online

THE Cabinet has agreed to review the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 to allow judges to use their discretion in senten­cing offenders instead of imposing the mandatory death sentence.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the review will enable judges to mete suitable sentences in marginal cases where offenders could be given jail sentences.

Azalina said the review was presented to the Cabinet on March 1 by Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.

“The Cabinet has agreed to an amendment of Section 39(B) of theDangerous Drugs Act 1952 to include the additional clause to provide discretionary powers to the courts when sentencing, apart from the mandatory death penalty, for drug trafficking. Read more

Death row prisoner in Singapore turns to Malaysian court

Source: FMT News

noose-hang-death-penalty-2410KUALA LUMPUR: Another death row prisoner has turned to the Malaysian courts to compel Putrajaya to start legal proceedings against Singapore before an international tribunal for denying him a fair trial.

Factory worker K Datchinamurthy, who was found guilty of drug trafficking, also wants a declaration from the court that Putrajaya is obliged to protect his life and freedom.

In his leave application for judicial review today, the 32-year-old named the foreign minister and the Malaysian government as respondents.

He is also asking for any other relief deemed fit by the court.

Datchinamurthy’s mother, A Letchumi, has affirmed an affidavit in support of her son’s application.

Lawyer N Surendran said this application was made as his client and family members had exhausted all avenues to stop the execution from being carried out anytime now. Read more

Couple get death sentence for drug trafficking

Source: The Malay Mail Online

noose-hang-death-penalty-2410JOHOR BAHRU, Dec 14 ― The High Court here today sentenced a couple to death by hanging for drug trafficking.

Justice Datuk Mohd Sofian Abd Razak imposed the punishment on P. Krishnan Murthy and S. Gayathri, both aged 31, after finding that the defence had failed to cast any reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

The judge said the defence failed to prove that the drugs belonged to an individual named Gunalan, purportedly a friend of Krishnan Murthy’s brother, and failed to prove that Gunalan had access to their house.

The duo were found guilty of trafficking in a lethal combination of heroin and monoacethylmorphines weighing 272.14gm at 19-08, Blok C, Apartment Sri Impian, Larkin Perdana on May 25, 2014 around 9.15pm. Read more

Singapore executes Malaysian, Nigerian for trafficking, authorities confirm

Source: The Malay Mail Online

noose-hang-death-penalty-2410SINGAPORE, Nov 18 ― Singapore today executed two foreigners convicted of drug trafficking, authorities said, a day after the city-state’s highest court rejected final bids for both men to escape the gallows.

The Nigerian and Malaysian were hanged after their last minute appeals were thrown out.

“A 38-year-old male Nigerian national, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, had his death sentence carried out on 18 November 2016 at Changi Prison Complex,” the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said in a statement. Read more

Bulgarian duo escape gallows for drug trafficking

Source: Malay Mail Online

bars and handPUTRAJAYA, May 27 ― Two Bulgarian men escaped the gallows after the Court of Appeal, here, today reduced their drug trafficking charges to drug possession.

A three-member panel chaired by Justice Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki, allowed the appeal brought by Ivan Kirov Kostov and Georgi Dinev Bakalov to set aside their convictions and death sentences for trafficking in methamphetamine.

Justice Mohtarudin said the court found that the duo’s appeal had merit.

He said the presumption of trafficking had been rebutted on the balance of probability and the court found enough evidence in the case to invoke Section 37(d) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 that they were in possession of the drug and not trafficking. Read more