On July 18, the Malaysian High Court sentenced three Indonesian men to death for drug trafficking. Amri Alamsyah, aged 42; Iskandar Ibrahim, aged 33; and Muham¬madiah Hassan, aged 31; all from Aceh, were arrested in April 2005, and found guilty of trafficking 1,858.6 grams of cannabis in front of a motorcycle shop on Jalan Kampung Baru in Sungai Petani. The drugs were found in a plastic bag on the floor of the car Amri was driving.
When making their defense, the three testified that they were waiting to meet with a man at a restaurant in Sungai Petani for a roof repair job when they were arrested. They also claimed to only knew of the cannabis when it was shown to them at the police headquarter after the arrest. However, provided the proofs from the witnesses, Justice Datuk Zamani A. Rahim rejected their claims, and announced the death sentence.
The men remained calm when the sentence was delivered. It is reported, however, that they are set to appeal against the conviction soon.
Three Indonesians to hang for drug trafficking [The Star, 19 July 2010]