Drug trafficker nabbed at KKIA loses appeal against death penalty

FARDY BUNGGA

KOTA KINABALU: A car service adviser who claimed that ketamine was planted in his luggage without his knowledge at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) in 2015 has failed in his appeal against his death sentence for drug trafficking. The Court of Appeal’s five-member bench upheld the mandatory death penalty handed down to Henry Chan Kok Loon, 34, in December 2016 for the offence under Section 39(1)(A) of the Dangerous Drugs Act. The panel, led by Court of Appeal president Datuk Seri Ahmad Maarop and comprised Datuk Azahar Mohamed, Datuk Alizatul Khair Osman Khairuddin, Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang, in dismissing Chan’s appeal, unanimously affirmed the conviction and sentence meted out by the High Court. Chan, who was represented by lawyer Hamid Ismail, was arrested at KKIA compound by a team of policemen from the Narcotic Criminal Investigation Department at KKIA for possessing 1,514.7gramme of ketamine on Feb 12, 2015. Earlier at the magistrate’s court, two foreign men were found guilty for possessing syabu and would be referred to Immigration Department. Nordin Rahman, 32, was sentenced to 22 months’ jail for possessing 5.02 gramme syabu while Ibrahim Kyim, 31, as sentenced 10 months imprisonment for possessing 11 grammes syabu. Magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus ordered the duo to serve the sentence starting from date of arrest in Nov 2017. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd