Actor, director, asst director fined for drug possession, use

  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Jan 2022

KUALA KANGSAR: A drama actor along with two other individuals were fined by the Magistrate's Court here Monday (Jan 10) after they pleaded guilty to drug possession and use in October last year.

Magistrate Mohd Shazmeer Zamhari meted out a fine of RM4,000 each on actor Muhamad Niezam Mohd Zaidi, 30, and assistant director Saiful Zaidrin Ismail, 48, while director Mohd Latiff Zami, 50, was fined RM3,800, after they pleaded guilty to the amended charges, which were read out to them separately.

Niezam and Saiful Zaidrin were also ordered to be under the supervision of the National Anti -Drug Agency (AADK) for two years, and Mohd Latiff for three years, and the trio were ordered to serve five years in jail if they failed to pay the fine.

The three accused paid the fine.

According to the amended charges, Niezam and Latiff were alleged to have in their possession cannabis weighing 0.6g and 0.2g, respectively, at a house in Persiaran Jati, Taman Chandan Putri 2 here, at about 7.15am, Oct 10, 2021.

The charge, framed under Section 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 provides for a maximum jail term of five years or a fine of up to RM20,000, if convicted.

Saiful Zaidrin was charged with possession of 0.03g of methamphetamine drugs at the same place, date and time, under Section 12 (2) of the same act which carries a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment for a maximum of five years or both, if convicted.

The three were also charged with administering THC and methamphetamine on themselves at the Kuala Kangsar district police headquarters narcotics office between 9.50am and 10.05am the same day.

The offence under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 provides for a maximum jail term of two years or a fine of RM5,000 and supervision not exceeding three years.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Nur Syuhada Muhammad Lutfi while the three accused were represented by counsel Hennie Soraya Hanafi from the National Legal Aid Foundation. - Bernama

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