ALOR SETAR: A tailor from Chennai in India, who was caught at the airport here with ketamine hidden in picture frames, has been sentenced to death for drug trafficking.
The High Court here found Shaghul Ameed Sheikh Dawood, 42, guilty yesterday of trafficking in 5,032gm of ketamine at about 3.45pm on May 28, 2009 at the Customs office of the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport.
Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab said the prosecution had proven the case against Shaghul beyond reasonable doubt.
He said Shaghul had claimed in his defence that he did not know that the picture frames that he carried from India contained ketamine.
Mohd Zaki said Shaghul claimed that the drugs belonged to another man known as Ibrahim and that he was only hired to carry the frames and send them to a customer in Malaysia.
He, however, said the prosecution had managed to prove that Shaghul had actual possession of the drugs. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Saidah Mohd Halil while Shaghul was represented by V. Murthy.
October 1, 2010
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