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Malaysia: Clerk gets death for trafficking

Malaysian Star

Monday 06 Sep 2010

ALOR SETAR: A clerk who was sentenced to death for drug trafficking sobbed uncontrollably with his family after the High Court handed down its judgment.

Zakaria Ahmad, 32, could not hold back his tears when he saw his mother and three siblings crying after Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab delivered the verdict yesterday.

After the court was adjourned, Zakaria hugged his mother and siblings in the courtroom. The family shared an emotional moment when Zakaria got down on his knees and asked his mother for forgiveness.

His counsel Naran Singh had to console the mother and son who sobbed uncontrollably.

Zakaria was found guilty of trafficking in 2,207.1gm of cannabis at a petrol station in Taman Sejati Indah, Sungai Petani, at 3am on Feb 8, 2006.

He was charged under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Mohd Zaki said the court found that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt, adding that Zakaria, in his defence, testified that he went to the petrol station that morning to buy cigarettes before heading to his girlfriend’s house.

Mohd Zaki said the court could not accept his testimony as the girlfriend was only mentioned during his defence.

“There was no mention of any girlfriend during the prosecution’s case when the defence counsel was cross-examining the investigating officer of the case,” he said.

DPP Mohd Zaki Mohd Salleh prosecuted the case.




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