Five brothers face death for drug trafficking

TAPAH (BERNAMA) – Six men, including five siblings, with the youngest aged 17, were charged in the Magistrate’s Court in Malaysia yesterday with drug trafficking, which carries the death sentence upon conviction.

The charge against the five brothers – S Suthesan, 18; S Sridharan, 20; S Suthentiran, 21; S Rathiswaran, 23; and the juvenile, as well as another person, Kyaw, who is a Myanmar national in his 20s, was read out before Magistrate Mohd Harith Mohd Mazlan.

They were jointly charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, with trafficking in 37.2kg of Methampetamine in an oil palm plantation in Mukim Chenderiang, in the district of Batang Padang at about 9.15am on November 4.

All of them, represented by lawyer Rajit Singh, were not allowed bail and the court set on December 9 for mention to await a Myanmar interpreter to read out the charge against Kyaw, and on January 18 next year for submission of the chemist report.

The prosecution was conducted by Deputy public prosecutor Nur Amanina Zulkefli.

The suspects being escorted to the Magistrate’s Court. PHOTO: BERNAMA