Saturday, August 13

Cannabis trafficking suspect faces death penalty


KUCHING: A Kota Samarahan man is facing the death penalty for allegedly trafficking 1.0999kg of cannabis.

Abdul Hafiz Abdul Latip, 26, from Kota Samarahan is also accused of being in possession of 1.44 g of the same drug.

He claimed trial to all charges when the case was mentioned in the High Court here before Judge Alwi Abdul Wahab yesterday.

Drug trafficking, which comes under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, provides for a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

The other charge was framed under Section 6 of the same Act, which provides for a fine of up to RM20,000 and up to five years in prison or both.

The court fixed pre-trial case management on Oct 18 to monitor the supply of related documents, while the trial was set for Jan18-22 next year.

Hafiz allegedly committed the offence around 2.30am on July 25 this year at his rented house at Taman Uni Garden, Kota Samarahan.

He is represented by defence counsels Osman Ibrahim and Roger Chin.