Nigerian College Students Sentenced to Death for Meth Trafficking

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Two Nigerian college students were yesterday sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court for trafficking 3.5 kilogrammes of methamphetamine three years ago.

Judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman made the ruling after finding that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against the accused, Mustafa Azmir, 28, and Jude Nnamdi Achonye, 30.

Iskandar Shah Mohamed

According to the criminal charge brought against them under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, Mustafa and Jude were accused of trafficking the drugs at an apartment in Petaling Jaya at 3.30pm on Sept 2, 2014.

The accused, who studied at a private college in Kuala Lumpur, had accepted several boxes containing the drug which was delivered by a courier company to their apartment.

Abdul Halim, in his ruling, said the court had studied testimonies from 13 prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses, together with 73 exhibits tendered during the trial.

“The defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt at the end of this case and presented no testimony that thoroughly refutes the prosecution.

“Besides that, there were also discrepancies in testimonies of the accused and their defence only amounted to denial without concrete evidence,” the judge said.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris appeared for the prosecution, while the accused were represented by lawyer Leonard Anselm Gomes.