Four Indians, Malaysian sentenced to death for drug trafficking

(File pix) A local man and four Indians were sentenced to the gallows by the High Court here on Wednesday after being found guilty on two counts of drug trafficking. Pix by Mohd Johari Ibrahim

A local man and four Indians were sentenced to the gallows by the High Court here on Wednesday after being found guilty on two counts of drug trafficking.

The five were convicted of trafficking in 5.8kg of illicit drugs five years ago at a Semenyih house which doubled as a drug processing laboratory.

Judge Datuk Ghazali Cha handed down the sentence on Malaysian A. Sargunan, 42, and Indians Sumesh Sudhakaran, 30; Alex Aby Jacob Alexander, 37; Renjith Raveendran, 28; and Sajith Sadanandan, 29, after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.

A total of 13 prosecution witnesses and nine defence witnesses were called to testify in the trial which began on March 1, 2016.

All the men were convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine weighing 4.3kg and ketamine weighing 1.5kg at the house in Jalan Sungai Lalang, Semenyih, at around 9am on July 26, 2013

They were charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Deepa Nair Thevaharan, while Sargunan was represented by lawyers Datuk N. Sivananthan and Low Huey Theng.

The four Indians were represented by counsel Jayarubbiny Jayaraj. – Bernama

Source: New Straits Times

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