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Drug Trafficking: 2 Nigerians bag over 6 years’ imprisonment for cannabis possession in Malaysia

*Malaysian Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Asri Abd Rahman Sidik urges for a stringent penalty for the two Nigerians – Kelechi Thomas Nwankwu, 38, and Happy Akhidenor Aituaje, 33 – to serve as a deterrent to Malaysians and foreigners to prevent similar offences in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

A Nigerian man and woman Monday, April 29, 2024, were sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison by a High Court in Malaysia for possession of drugs three years ago.

ConsumerConnect learnt Judge Datuk Anselm Charles Fernandis imposed the sentence on Kelechi Thomas Nwankwu, 38, and Happy Akhidenor Aituaje, 33, after they pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing 580.98 gm of cannabis.

Report noted that they committed the offence in an apartment in the city of Melaka March 24, 2022, around 5.30 a.m.

The two Nigerians were charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which is punishable by life imprisonment, or a minimum of five years in prison and a minimum of 10 strokes of the cane in the foreign country.

Lawyer Datin Kharen Jit Kaur, who represented both the accused, appealed for a minimum sentence for her clients on the basis that they had families in Nigeria, agency report said.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Asri Abd Rahman Sidik urged for a stringent penalty, emphasising the importance of public interest over personal considerations, given the gravity of drug-related offences in Malaysia.

Sidik also argued that the sentence for the two accused persons should serve as a deterrent to Malaysians and foreigners to prevent similar offences.

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