KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here Monday acquitted and discharged two Iranians of trafficking in Methamphetamine weighing 3,675.7 grammes last year.
Judge Datuk Ghazali Cha, in his judgement, ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against the accused, Peyman Bahram Soleymenpour and Habib Shayan Saadi.
However, he ordered that Peyman, 37, and Habib, 30, be deported back to their home country and be banned from returning to Malaysia.
Ghazali said the prosecution failed to prove that the two accused were in control of the drugs although they had the keys to the premises the substance was kept in.
He added that the prosecution also failed to prove that premises they were caught in, said to be a drug processing laboratory, was rented by them.
Peyman, a businessman, and Habib who had only arrived in Malaysia just a few months before being arrested, were charged with drug trafficking, a capital offence in the country, if convicted.
According to the charge sheet, they were alleged to have committed the offence at 107-23 Bistari Condominium, Jalan 1/6 4 D Off Jalan Putra, here at 1.30am on Oct 20, 2009.
Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Izani Ishak prosecuted while both the accused were represented by counsel Gooi Soon Eng.
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2 Iranians acquitted of trafficking methamphetamine