Unemployed youth faces possible death sentence for cannabis possession, trafficking

Court. — DayakDaily.com file pic

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Dec 8: A jobless man claimed trial to charges of trafficking and possessing cannabis, which upon conviction may lead to the death penalty.

Muhammad Suhaidie Sarbini, 22, pleaded not guilty to two charges framed before High Court Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli.

Azhahari fixed January 20, 2023 for case management and August 7 to 11 for trial.

For the first charge, the accused was charged with trafficking 215.3 grammes of cannabis, at a house in Kampung Ajibah Abol, at about 9.30pm on July 14, 2022.

He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for this act and punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act, which carries a death sentence or imprisonment for life and whipping of not less than 15 strokes, upon conviction.

For the second charge, the accused was charged with possessing 99.67 grammes of cannabis, in front of a hotel at Jalan Datuk Wee Kheng Chiang, at about 6.30pm on July 14, 2022.

He was charged under Section 39A(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries imprisonment of five to ten years, and whipping of not less than 10 strokes, upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Md Syafique Md Hilmie prosecuted, while the accused was represented by counsel Osman Ibrahim. — DayakDaily