Driver admits drug abuse

In the dock: Azizol appearing at the court. The accused, who was charged under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, pleaded guilty to drug abuse. — Bernama

TELUK INTAN: The driver of the car involved in the collision that killed three Pakistani men has pleaded guilty to drug abuse in the Magistrate’s Court.

Mohd Azizol Abd Rasheed, 36, a restaurant worker, pleaded guilty as the charge against him was read before magistrate T. Ashvinii.

He was accused of administering the drug tetrahydrocannabinol to himself at the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department of the Hilir Perak district police headquarters at 7.45pm on April 10.

Mohd Azizol was charged under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, read together with Section 38B (1) of the same law, which provides for a maximum fine of RM5,000 or a maximum imprisonment of up to two years if convicted.Deputy public prosecutor R. Rishan Kumar offered bail at RM8,000, with the accused having to report to the nearest police station every month.

He also informed the court that the accused would be remanded until tomorrow to assist in the investigations under Section 44 (1) (a) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

National Legal Aid Foundation lawyer Faustina Francis, who represented Mohd Azizol, appealed for minimum bail on the grounds that the accused is supporting his mother, Bernama reported.

The magistrate then set bail at RM3,000 with two sureties, apart from Mohd Azizol having to report to a nearby police station every two weeks while also setting June 5 for mention of the case and submission of the pathology report.

Earlier in the same court, four Pakistani men, aged 24 to 49, believed to be involved in the assault of Mohd Azizol in a video clip that went viral on social media, were remanded for four days until Monday.

The court allowed the police’s application for a remand order to assist the probe under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting.

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