Mat Sabu’s son appeals drug conviction

KUALA LUMPUR: Ahmad Saiful Islam Mohamad (pic), son of former defence minister Mohamad bin Sabu, has filed an appeal to set aside his conviction and eight months’ jail for drug abuse last year.

The matter was relayed by his lawyer Muaz Zafar to reporters after case management in the chambers of High Court senior assistant registrar Maryam Jamielah Ab Manaff.

He said the notice of appeal was filed in June this year and yesterday the court set Nov 13 for case management, also before the same High Court senior assistant registrar.

“We are also waiting for the grounds of judgment and evidence note for this case,” said Muaz.

Yesterday’s proceeding was also attended by deputy public prosecutors Fatin Hanum Abdul Hadi and Ahmad Saiful Islam.

On June 24, the Magistrate’s Court here sentenced Ahmad Saiful Islam, 32, to eight months’ imprisonment after he was found guilty of drug abuse.

Magistrate Mohamad Aizat Abdul Rahim meted out the punishment after finding the defence team had failed to raise reasonable doubts at the end of the defence case.

Ahmad Saiful Islam will also be monitored by the National Anti-Drug Agency and the police for two years upon completion of serving his prison sentence.

The court ordered him to serve the jail term from June 24. But it allowed his application for a stay of execution pending appeal in the High Court.

The court also ordered him to pay bail of RM9,000 and surrender his passport to the court, and report to a nearby police station every month.

Ahmad Saiful Islam was accused of using THC-type drugs at a hotel here at 2.05am on Jan 5 last year.

He was charged under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which provides for a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment or a fine of up to RM5,000 or both, upon conviction.

On Jan 3, the court ordered him to enter a defence to the charge.

Six prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses, including the accused, testified in the trial which began on Oct 15 last year. — Bernama

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