Nasyid singer to know if he has to enter defence on drug charges

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision on whether nasyid singer and composer Muhammad Yasin Sulaiman will be called to enter his defence over drug charges he is facing will be known at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court here today.

Judge Faiz Dziyauddin is scheduled to deliver the decision at the end of the prosecution case at 2pm.

If the court’s decision favours the prosecution, Muhammad Yasin, 48, will be called to enter his defence.

On Sept 15, the prosecution closed its case after calling seven witnesses in the trial that began on Aug 28.

The witnesses included chemist Dr J. Saravanan Kumar; investigating officer Insp Muhammad Amirul Mukmin Aziz; science officer (life chemistry) at the Pathology Department of Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang, Rusli Ibrahim; plant biotechnology expert Prof Dr S. Sreeramanan; and the Intelligence, Operations and Detention Officer, Narcotics Crime Investigation Division of Petaling Jaya District Police Headquarters Insp Darwis Aripin.Deputy public prosecutors Raja Zaizul Faridah Raja Zaharudin and Ahmad Zuhaini Mahamad Amin prosecuted, while lawyer Ariff Azami Hussein represented Muhammad Yasin.

The Mimpi Laila singer was charged with self-administration of the drug “11-nor-delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol-9- carboxylic acid” at the Narcotics Office of the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters at 11.05pm on March 24 last year.

The charge framed under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 15(1) of the same Act, carries a fine not exceeding RM5,000 or a maximum jail term of two years, upon conviction.Muhammad Yasin was also charged with possessing cannabis-type drugs weighing 193.7g and cultivating 17 cannabis plants in plastic pots at his residence at Persiaran Surian Damansara Indah Resort Homes, PJU 3, Kota Damansara here at 5.30pm on the same date.

The drug possession charge framed under Section 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act and punishable under Section 39A(2) of the same Act carries life imprisonment or not less than five years with no less than 10 strokes of the cane, if convicted.

On cannabis cultivation, the charge is framed under Section 6B(1)(a) of the DDA and punishable under Section 6B(3) of the same Act, which provides for life imprisonment and whipping of not less than six strokes, upon conviction. — Bernama

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