IPOH: For trafficking close to 1kg of cannabis, two men were sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday.
Restaurant worker Khairil Anuar Abdul Rahman, 34, and painter Afendi Adam, 28, turned red-eyed when Judicial Commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim sentenced them.
"There is no choice when it comes to meting out punishment for this crime.
"You are sentenced to death and will hang until you die," he said after ruling that the prosecution had proven its case against the two men beyond reasonable doubt.
He did not provide grounds for his judgment.
Khairil Anuar and Afendi, who had been in remand since their arrest six years ago, were charged on March 12, 2002, with trafficking in 971g of cannabis with another person still at large, beside a public telephone booth in Taman Razaki, Jalan Rokam in Kampung Rapat near here, at 1am on Feb 28, 2002.
Counsel Manjeet Kaur said in mitigation that her client Khairil Anuar did not have any previous conviction.
He had learnt a lot during his six-year remand and regretted his actions, she said.
"He took religious classes in jail and his religious beliefs have taught him to be a pious son and a good citizen."
Manjeet said Khairil, who was the third of nine children, lost his mother when he was 9 years old, and only studied up to Form One.
Counsel Ranjit Singh Sandhu said that Afendi was also a first offender who had learnt his lesson.
Deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim pointed out that drug-related problems were rampant in the country and pressed for a deterrent sentence. - Sumber