Jobless man gets discharge not amounting to acquittal on drug trafficking charge

Zaki Haziq (right) with his counsels Roger Chin (second from right) and Osman Ibrahim.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, April 23: An unemployed man escaped the gallows after he was discharged not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) by the High Court here today from a drug trafficking charge.

High Court judge Supang Lian gave this ruling after the doctor from Hospital Kota Sentosa certified that the accused had a moderate intellectual disability. The accused was earlier ordered to be sent to the hospital for observation on suspicion of him having a low Intelligence Quotient (IQ).

Zaki Haziq Bahiron, 21, was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for trafficking 1,963g of syabu on May 4, 2018, at about 11am at his house in Lorong Semariang Batu 2.

He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under subsection 39B(2) of the same Act, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

DPP Nor Azhari Yusof prosecuted, while counsels Osman Ibrahim and Roger Chin represented the accused. — DayakDaily