Former diplomat linked to Janda Baik marijuana farm released, son still in remand

PETALING JAYA: The former ambassador to Indonesia who was arrested together with his son on allegations of cultivating cannabis in Janda Baik has been released.

This is after the police failed to obtain a second remand from Magistrate Shahrol Ekhsan Hasim on Saturday (May 28).

The remand application by the police was conducted by investigating officer Inspector An Afifa Baharudin, whilst the former ambassador was represented by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and Rahmat Hazlan.

"The former ambassador was arrested on May 21 after which he was remanded for the first time for a period of seven days.

"The police sought to apply for a second remand for another seven days but this was not granted by the Magistrate after he was satisfied that there is no evidence to implicate him with any offences, amongst others," read a statement to the media by Shafee on Saturday (May 28).

It was reported that a former Malaysian diplomat, 78, had been arrested by the police after being suspected of owning a cannabis farm with more than 100 plants at his home in Janda Baik, Pahang.

The former diplomat was detained during a raid on Saturday (May 21) and his 53-year-old son was detained in Shah Alam on Monday (May 23).

According to Pahang police chief Datuk Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf, the police confiscated 102 cannabis plants at his home in a raid, with an estimated value of RM61,200, along with dried cannabis leaves weighing 1.02kgs worth an estimated RM2,500 and a bottle of cannabis extract worth RM250.

Ramli was reported saying that the suspect admitted to planting the trees in 2015 on a two-hectare piece of land and learned how to plant it via YouTube.

He added that the suspect had obtained seeds from various sources in Kuala Lumpur and had eight dogs guarding the property.

Ramli also said that the case was considered the largest seizure of cannabis plants in the country.

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