PR could face death penalty

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A BRUNEIAN permanent resident is potentially facing the death penalty after being charged with possessing 936 grammes of cannabis.

The accused, Lim Yen Sheng, was arrested by enforcement officers from the Narcotics Control Bureau last Monday around 11.55pm in Kg Belimbing.

The accused was clutching a biscuit tin and a plastic bag when he was detained.

Upon further inspection by the enforcement officers, the alleged contents of the biscuit tin and plastic bag were believed to be cannabis. Cannabis is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

According to previous statements issued by the Narcotics Control Bureau, the unauthorised import of over 500 grammes of cannabis is an offence which carries the death penalty.

During proceedings at the Magistrates’ Court yesterday, the prosecution applied for the suspect to be further remanded at the Bandar Seri Begawan Central Police Station for one week to allow for further investigations.

The application was granted by Presiding Senior Magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah Hj Mohd Hussain.

The next mention of the case is scheduled for February 3, 2016.

The Brunei Times