Mohd Sabu’s son Ahmad Saiful freed from drug abuse charge

by BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court today acquitted and discharged former Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu’s son, Ahmad Saiful Islam of a drug abuse charge made against him two years ago.

Justice Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed the appeal by Ahmad Saiful Islam, 33, to quash the conviction and eight months’ jail sentence imposed by the Magistrate’s Court here on June 24, last year.

Sequerah in his judgment said the taking of only one bottle of urine had left open the possibility of contamination as the same sample was used both by the police for the screening test and the chemist for the confirmatory test.

“I find that the failure of the police to abide by the guidelines in omitting to take two bottles of urine has rendered the conviction flawed,” he said.

The judge said that the Inspector-General’s Standing Order F103 (IGSO F103) and Health Ministry’s guidelines required two empty and clean plastic bottles to collect urine from drug abuse suspects.

“The suspects should be given the option to choose the two bottles, one of the bottles is for screening purpose by the police, while the second sample should be sent to the hospital for a confirmation test after the first bottle is confirmed positive for drugs.

“The second bottle must be properly sealed and secured…the Kementerian Kesihatan (Health Ministry) guideline No. 6/2002 requires at least 30 millilitres (ml) of urine sample in one bottle,” he said.

Sequerah further said it was evident that the presumption under Section 37(K) of the Dangerous Drugs Act needed to be rebutted on a balance of probabilities which was of a higher standard than merely to raise a reasonable doubt.

“That being the case, there is a more compelling reason why the process of taking the urine sample must be conducted with strict compliance with the procedure, which in this case are the guidelines and the possibility of contamination of the sample be minimised if not obliterated altogether.

“Therefore, the prosecution has failed to prove the case against the appellant and this appeal and the conviction ought to be set aside. The bail amount of RM9,000 is to be returned to the appellant,” he said.

Lawyers Datuk Nicholas Kow, Nasar Khan and Emile Ezra Hussain represented Ahmad Saiful Islam while deputy public prosecutor Izalina Abdullah appeared for the prosecution.

Ahmad Saiful Islam was charged with using a THC-type drug at a hotel here at 2.05 am on Jan 5, 2019.

On June 24, last year, magistrate Mohamad Aizat Abdul Rahim sentenced the accused to eight months’ jail after finding that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.

The court also ordered Ahmad Saiful Islam to serve the jail sentence from June 24, last year and to undergo two-year surveillance under the National Anti-Drugs Agency after completing the jail sentence.

On July 2, last year, Ahmad Saiful Islam filed an appeal against the Magistrate Court’s decision on the sentencing.

The court allowed his application to stay the execution of the jail sentence pending an appeal in the High Court.