KUALA LUMPUR: A High Court judge chided two Acehnese, whom she sentenced to death for drug trafficking, for making spiteful suggestions against the police and marring the image of the Malaysian community.
Justice Heliliah Yusof told the duo that they had delayed the trial for several months on the pretext of preparing for their defence but had only come out with a big lie as their defence.
What you have given me so far is a bare denial. To put it harshly would be saying that both of you had told a big lie. A nicer way of putting it is that what you had said so far was fanciful fiction.
What the defence put up was nothing but bare assertions which suggested that the police had no other work except to fix up innocent people who had come to this country for shelter and a better life, she added.
In their defence, Nasaruddin Daud, 23, and Azhar Nordin, 29, who were jailed six months by a lower court for entering Malaysia illegally, accused the prosecution of working for a corrupt police force.
They claimed that the police had no qualms about lying and framing helpless people like them.
Nasaruddin claimed that he was on the way home from work at the Telekom canteen in Bangsar when police arrested him.
Azhar said he was taking shelter in a surau and was waiting for someone to find him a job.
Justice Heliliah, who had flown from Kuantan to hear the trial, which started in 2002, said she was not happy with the allegations made by the accused on the prosecution, employers and mosques.
You have suggested that there were bosses who would take illegal immigrants as workers and that the mosques and suraus were places for harbouring illegals, drug pushers and traffickers, she said, before convicting them of trafficking in 2.3kg of cannabis in Jalan Raja Alang here at 8.30pm on June 15, 2001.
Counsels for the defendants were not present at yesterdays proceedings but that did not stop the accused from speaking.
Right after he was found guilty, Nasaruddin asked Justice Heliliah to reduce his sentence and let Azhar off.
Azhar then quickly interjected that he was not involved in the case.
Their remarks drew a stern response from the judge who reminded them that they had wasted the courts time by not preparing a proper defence when given the opportunity.
Our Government is now supporting you. We give you the amnesty to leave the country and come back with a passport because we are of the same stock.
In return, you did nothing except accuse the police of fixing you up. That is a very serious allegation. If it was true, you could have gone through the proper channels, even the Indonesian Embassy.
I have considered your defence with much sincerity and I do not see how you can say that you did not know the law of this country.
I have no choice but to sentence you to death, said Justice Heliliah.
At the outset of the proceedings, Justice Heliliah had apologised to the two accused and DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin for not being able to leave Kuantan on Monday because of the floods.
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