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‘Musang King’ trial to resume in August

The much-anticipated ‘Musang King’ trial involving drug trafficking charges is set to resume in August.

Judicial Commissioner Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Kefli and Intermediate Court Judge Radin Safiee bin Radin Mas Basiuni, sitting on June 8, adjourned the hearing to August 19.

The trial, featuring seven charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act and the Criminal Asset Recovery Order (CARO), alleges the defendants’ involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering schemes, with penalties ranging from the death penalty to lengthy prison terms and substantial fines.

The charges include possession of 12,226.65 grammes (g) of methylamphetamine and 784.86g of methylamphetamine for trafficking; possession of 1,515.53g of methylamphetamine and 227.89g of methylamphetamine for trafficking; possession of 35.70g of methylamphetamine for trafficking; acquisition of a house using the proceeds from criminal activities; possession of BND170,617, MYR63,374 and SGD119 in banknotes from criminal proceeds; concealment of the ownership of a vehicle purchased with the proceeds of crime; and possession of jewellery valued at BND129,973.80 from criminal proceeds.

The prosecution team involving Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Dayangku Didi-Nuraza Pengiran Abdul Latiff, Siti Khalillah Hussin, Syafina Abdul Hadzid, Ruzana Adnan, and Hanan Erwan, is led by DPP Hajah Suriana binti Haji Radin.

On the defence side, counsels Pengiran Shahyzul Pengiran Abdul Rahman represented Jakaria bin Ahad, Lenny Rahman for Siti Izzatul Munirah binti Ahmad, Daud Ismail for Isamuddin bin Ahmad, Mohd Shazale Salleh for Ahmad bin Haji Tamit, Sharah Abdul Hamid for Maskunah binti Wahab, and Mansur Latif for Saifuddin bin Ahmad. – Fadley Faisal