SEREMBAN: A 51-year-old lawyer facing the gallows for alleged drug trafficking was acquitted by the High Court after the prosecution agreed to drop the charge against him.
High Court judge Justice Siti Mariam Othman acquitted G. Sivakumar, who was jointly charged with one P. Sivagami, on Monday.
However, the court sentenced 39-year-old Sivagami to 12 years in jail on a reduced charge of possession of 939gm of cannabis, and two years jail for possession of 8.44gm of methamphetamine.
She was ordered to serve the sentences concurrently.
Both Sivakumar and Sivagami were initially charged with trafficking the drugs at 8pm at a parking lot in front of a house in Taman Desa Seringin in Nilai on Oct 14 last year.
The drugs were found in the boot of a Nissan Cefiro with registration number BGN6388.
The two were jointly charged under Sections 39B(1)(a) and 39B(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code for trafficking the cannabis, an offence which provides for a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
They were also charged under section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for trafficking the methamphetamines, which provides for a jail sentence of between two and five years and whipping.
Defence counsel Haresh Mahadevan and Ramzani Idris had urged the prosecution to withdraw the charge against Sivakumar because he had no knowledge of the drugs.
They said Sivagami had admitted keeping the package containing the cannabis in the car boot and that the first accused had no knowledge of this.
During the trial, Sivagami had claimed that she had no knowledge of the contents of the package, which was allegedly given to her by her employer.
She was apparently told to pass the package to her employer's bodyguard.
However, the duo were arrested by a police team before she could do so.