Drug case: Free or self-defence, Ismahalil’s fate known 27 Feb

Drug case: Free or self-defence, Ismahalil’s fate known 27 Feb

On February 21, 2022, Ismahalil pleaded not guilty to the charge of trafficking cannabis, two years ago.

The fate of the radio presenter, Ismahalil Hamzah, who is currently facing charges of trafficking cannabis two years ago, will be known on February 27.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court will decide whether Ismahalil will be released or called to defend himself against the charges.

The decision will be announced by Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin after hearing the testimony of five prosecution witnesses at the trial starting in October 2022.

The date was informed to media representatives by lawyer Adi Zulkarnain Zulkafli who represented Ismahalil as the accused.

If the court agrees with the prosecution that there is a prima facie case against Ismahalil, then he has to defend himself.

On the other hand, if the court finds that the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case, Ismahalil will be released and released.

The prosecution closed the case on January 9 after hearing the testimony of the last witness, the investigating officer who is also the Head of the Gua Musang District Narcotics Crime Investigation Division, ASP Khairul Hamizi Desa.

According to the lawyer, the trial took place on 19, 20 and 31 October 2022 and continued on 3 and 9 January.

Adi Zulkarnain also informed that the court ordered both the prosecution and the defense to file written submissions on or before February 9.

The prosecution was handled by Deputy Public Prosecutor Norashikin Ibrahim while lawyer Datuk Ahmad Zaharil Muhaiyar also represented Ismahalil.

According to the charges, Ismahalil, 49, was charged with selling drugs weighing 374.6 grams at a house in Jalan Semarak, Wangsa Maju here at 5.35pm on 27 August 2021.

Following that, the charge was presented in accordance with Section 39B (1) (A) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and can be punished under Section 39B (2) of the same act which provides for the death penalty if convicted.

On 27 January 2022, the Magistrate’s Court allowed Ismahalil’s case to be transferred to the High Court.

The drug case was transferred and tried to the High Court following the sentence for the charge providing for the death penalty.

On February 21, 2022, Ismahalil pleaded not guilty to the charge of trafficking cannabis, two years ago.

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