Appeal for heavier sentence put off to Oct 29


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  • Saturday, 09 Oct 2010

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here has postponed to Oct 29 an application for a heavier sentence against convicted wildlife trafficker Anson Wong.

Justice Mohtarudin Baki set the new date after Wong’s new counsel Datuk Seri Muham­mad Shafee Abdullah requested for the postponement yesterday.

Muhammad Shafee said he had just received a copy of the appeal records in the morning and needed more time to study them.

“They are expecting me to argue it today. This is completely unjustified,” Muhammad Shafee told reporters outside the court.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar objected to the request for postponement, saying the case was of public interest. He said he had also received the records on Wednesday.

Wong, 52, whose full name is Wong Keng Liang, was arrested at the KLIA on Aug 26 trying to smuggle 95 boa constrictors to Jakarta.

Wong, who is from Penang, was sentenced to six month’s jail and fined RM190,000 on Sept 6 by the Sepang Sessions Court for smuggling the endangered snakes without a permit.

On Sept 8, the Attorney-General’s Chambers filed an appeal, asking for a heavier sentence.

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