Two of five Indonesians freed of drug charges, two others face the gallows

Bukhairi and Napi escaped the gallows.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Jan 31: Two out of five Indonesians charged for trafficking methamphetamine have been acquitted at the High Court here today.

One other has his charge amended from drugs trafficking to possession, while the remaining two will stand trial for drugs trafficking.

High Court Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli discharged and acquitted Bukhairi Napi and Napi Sibu, and fixed April 20 and 21 for Riko Dwi Yanto, Junaidi Berimang and Karni Bujang to enter their defence.

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The accused counsel, Rambir Singh, applied to court to get prosecution witness statements. Justice Azhahari fixed Feb 21 to decide on the application.

Riko was found to have trafficked 1,350.2 grammes of methamphetamine at JPG Pos Telok Melano, at about 4.30pm on Feb 15, 2018.

Junaidi was found to have trafficked 1,400.2 grammes of methamphetamine at JPG Pos Telok Melano, at about 4.35pm on Feb 15, 2018.

They were charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act and be read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a death sentence upon conviction.

Three other accused being escorted by police officers.

Meanwhile, Karni was found in possession of 772.8 grammes of methamphetamine at JPG Pos Telok Melano, at about 4.40pm on Feb 15, 2018.

He was charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39A(2) of the same Act.

DPP Michelle Lim prosecuted while all of the accused were represented by Counsel Rambir Singh. — DayakDaily