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Malaysia: Thai to hang after appeal rejected

The Star, Malaysia

Tuesday 27 Feb 2007

PUTRAJAYA: After 12 years of being convicted for drug trafficking and an
unsuccessful attempt to appeal against the sentence, it will be the
gallows for Thai national Wichai Onprom.

Yesterday, the Federal Court dismissed his case against a decision by
the Court of Appeal to uphold his death sentence for trafficking in
1.2kg of cannabis in 1995.

Federal Court Justices Alauddin Mohd Sheriff, Arifin Zakaria, Nik Hashim
Nik Ab Rahman, Abdul Aziz Mohammad and Azmel Ma'amor unanimously
affirmed the lower courts' conviction and sentence against the butcher.

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.

At the outset of the court proceedings yesterday, counsel Datuk K.
Kumaraendran said the trial judge had failed to find whether the
prosecution had proven its case beyond doubt.

“Nowhere in the judgment did the trial judge give reasons on why he
called for the appellant's defence when it is a trite law that he is
required to do so,” he said.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurulhuda Noraini Mohd Nor said that
although the judge did not state the reasons, the judge had clearly
addressed his mind to it by accepting the evidence of the prosecution's




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