Drug smuggler gets 20 years’ jail term

|    Fadley Faisal    |

THE High Court recently sentenced a local man to 20 years’ imprisonment and 15 canings after he pleaded guilty to the charge of importing less than 49 grammes of methylamphetamine from Malaysia into Brunei, which is at the threshold of attracting the death penalty.

Mohd Aizamri bin Nasri pleaded guilty to possessing the Class A drug, which was found by Customs and Narcotics officers during an inspection of his vehicle at the Labu control post near the Temburong-Lawas border, on the afternoon of October 11, 2014.

The defendant also admitted to the offences of consuming methylamphetamine and possessing utensils for its consumption.

Shah Rony @ Mohammad Zieyad bin Abdul Rahman, a co-defendant, has meanwhile claimed trial.

Mohd Aizamri was represented by lawyer Daud Ismail, while the prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutors Hajah Suriana binti Haji Radin and Siti Aisyah binti Haji Lakim.

Chief Justice Dato Paduka Steven Chong presided over the case, sitting with Judge Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Kefli.