Woman and man face possible death sentences if convicted of drug trafficking

The court complex in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Sept 7: A woman and a man could face the death sentence if convicted of trafficking 1,771 grammes of Ecstasy.

Norlela Abdullah, 38, and Mohamad Amirafi Husini, 35, today pleaded not guilty to the charge framed under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 before High Court Judge Dr Alwi Abdul Wahad who fixed November 1 for pre-trial case management.

Norlela and Mohamad Amirafi were charged with trafficking 1,771 grammes of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy) at a roadblock at KM30, Jalan Serian/Tebedu, near the junction of Kampung Saan Kayan, at about 5am on March 5, 2021.

They were charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under sub-section 39B(2) of the same Act, which carries a death sentence or imprisonment for life if not sentenced to death and with whipping of not less than 15 strokes, upon conviction.

According to an earlier statement by Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail, the duo were arrested during an Op Benteng roadblock and they were suspected to be distributing drugs to a neighbouring country.

Both accused admitted they were instructed to send drugs to Tebedu for the wage of RM3,000.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ronie Entili prosecuted while both accused are represented by counsel Osman Ibrahim. — DayakDaily