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Malaysia: Ex-varsity student gets 30 years jail, whipping for trafficking cannabis

Malaysia Daily Express

Thursday 28 Mar 2024

SEREMBAN: A former university student was sentenced to 30 years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane by the High Court here for trafficking nearly 2kg of cannabis four years ago.

Judge Rohani Ismail handed down the sentence on Nur Arif Nur Akil, 26, after hearing submissions from the prosecution and defence, and ordered the jail term to run from the date of his arrest on Sept 2, 2020.

According to the charge, Nur Arif, then a student at a private university in Selangor, was found trafficking cannabis weighing 1,900.9g in the parking lot of a supermarket here at 5.30pm on Sept 2, 2020.

The offence was committed under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, and is punishable under Section 39B (2) of the same Act.

Ten witnesses were called to the stand during the trial, which commenced on April 10, 2023.

Earlier, lawyer Shah Rizal Abdul Manan appealed to the court to take into account the accused’s young age, his future, and the fact that this was his first offence.

However, deputy public prosecutor Ala’uddin Baharom requested the death penalty, taking into account public interest.

“This is a case of trafficking, and it can be proven directly without any presumption. Whether it is a soft drug or otherwise, it does not matter because the negative effects on society are the same.

“That is why the country prohibits all drug-related activities unless they are licensed.

“In this case, the accused was a university student and should have been aware of the consequences and effects of his involvement in drugs,” he said.




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