The High Court trial involving a syndicated family drugs ring dubbed the ‘Musang King’ is pending as the defendants are yet to be represented by lawyers through the legal aid process.
Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong adjourned the case to March 28 after hearing that the defendants have not been assigned counsels through the legal aid process.
DPP Dayangku Didi-Nuraza Pengiran Abdul Latiff and Prosecutor Syafina Abdul Hadzid represented the Public Prosecutor yesterday.
The defendants, Ahmad bin Haji Tamit and his wife Maskunah binti Wahab, their children Isamuddin, Mohammad Saifuddin and Siti Izzatul Munirah and her husband Jakaria bin Ahad are charged with two offences under Chapter 27, Section 3A of the Misuse of Drugs Act carrying the death penalty.
The defendants are alleged to have in possession 18.9943 kilogrammes of methylamphetamine for trafficking.
The drugs were found in the vicinity of a Jalan Junjongan house.
Allegations include them possessing 532.44 grammes of methylamphetamine in bottles. The defendants live in houses in the area.
Isamuddin also faces one charge of possessing 54.1 grammes of methylamphetamine inside a plastic bag in the vicinity of a house at Jalan Junjongan.
The offence carries between 20 and 30 years’ imprisonment with mandatory whipping of 15 strokes.
Siti Izzatul Munirah and Jakaria are also charged with possessing proceeds of crime under Section 3 of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012, amounting to BND80,000 to over BND100,000.
They are also charged with concealing the ownership of a vehicle by registering it under a third party’s name.
Siti Izzatul Munirah also faces a charge of possessing over 50 gold jewellery items allegedly proceeds of crime.
Earlier, the defendants were represented by private hiring and had themselves discharged after the family members confirmed not being able to afford them anymore.