Brunei: Family drug ring faces death penalty


  • Brunei
  • Sunday, 27 Sep 2020

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 27 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Members of the family business drug ring were arraigned in court with prosecutors levelling charges against six of them carrying the death penalty on Saturday (Sept 26).

Ahmad Haji Tamit and his wife Maskunah Wahab together with their children Isamuddin, Mohammad Saifuddin and Siti Izzatul Munirah and her husband Jakaria Ahad were charged with two offences under Section 3A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27.

Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar heard that the defendants were alleged to have in their possession 18.9943 kilogrammes of methylamphetamine for trafficking.

The methylamphetamine was allegedly found in the vicinity of the back of a house on Jalan Junjongan.

Allegations also state they had in their possession 532.44 grammes of class A drug methylamphetamine in bottles, for trafficking, also found near the same vicinity.

The defendants live in the houses within the said vicinity.

In addition, Isamuddin faces one individual charge of being in possession, for the purpose of trafficking, 54.1 grammes of methylamphetamine inside a black plastic bag in the vicinity of a house on Jalan Junjongan. The offence carries between 20 and 30 years imprisonment with mandatory whipping of 15 strokes.

Siti Izzatul Munirah and Jakaria were also charged for possessing proceeds of crime contrary to Section 3 of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order, 2012 which are a house estimated at BND80,000 and over BND100,000. They are also being charged with concealing the true ownership of a vehicle by registering the car under a third party’s name.

Siti Izzatul Munirah also faces a charge of possessing over 50 pieces of gold jewellery which are allegedly proceeds of crime.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Dayangku Didi-Nuraza binti Pengiran Abdul Latiff and Muhammad Qamarul Affyian bin Abdul Rahman informed the court that the drugs seized are to be sent to the Department of Scientific Services for analysis.

The prosecution urged the court for the defendants’ to be remanded considering the seriousness of the allegations. The court ordered them to be remanded and adjourned the case to October 10.

Defence counsels Roy Prabhakaran and Pengiran Muhammad Khairul Nizam bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Yassin of Messrs Yusof Halim and Partners represented the defendants. - Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network
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