Drug trafficking suspect released but not acquitted, pending analyst report availability

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A LOCAL man facing the death penalty was discharged yesterday due to the uncertainty of when the analyst report will be made available.

Ameerul Amrie Awang Salleh, was charged with importing a gross weight of 1,206 grammes of cannabis through the Sungai Tujoh in Kuala Belait April 19, 2015.

The penalty for importing over 500 grammes of the Class A drug carries the death penalty.

The case was heard yesterday before senior magistrate Hj Nabil Daraina PDH Hj Badaruddin for further mention to inform the court on the status of the exhibits.

According to prosecution, the defendant is numbered fifth in the 2015 cases which the Department of Scientific Services (DSS) is analysing with 22 other drug cases in 2014 that is still pending.

The defence counsel Ahmad Zakaria Muhammad subsequently applied for the defendant to be discharged not amounting to acquittal on grounds that it is unfair to keep the defendant coming to court with the uncertainty of the analyst report. The senior magistrate granted the defence counsel’s application and discharged Ameerul but not amounting to an acquittal.

The court further ordered for the defendant’s passport as well as the $30,000 cash bail to be returned to the defendant.

The Brunei Times