Selangor Journal

Ex-cabbie escapes gallows, gets 10 years jail for possessing cannabis

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 3 — A former taxi driver escaped the gallows today after the charge against him for trafficking in 1029.2g of cannabis was reduced to possession of the drug.

The Court of Appeal’s three-member panel of judges, consisting of Justice Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail, Datuk Hashim Hamzah, and Datuk Azmi Ariffin, set aside M. Baskaran’s conviction and death sentence for the drug trafficking offence and replaced it with a 10-year jail sentence.

This was after the 52-year-old pleaded guilty to the drug possession charge.

Justice Hadhariah said Baskaran was spared the whipping as he was over 50 years old. She also ordered him to serve the jail sentence from August 15, 2018, the date of his arrest.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Fauziah Daud told the court the prosecution has agreed to reduce the charge to drug possession.

Baskaran was found guilty and sentenced to death by the High Court on August 4, 2021, for trafficking in drugs at a car park in Taipanco, in Bandar Sultan Suleiman Industrial area, Port Klang, Selangor at 7pm on August 15, 2018.

Baskaran’s lawyer Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi asked the court to impose a minimum jail sentence of five years on his client, who has repented for what he had done, and also to enable him (his client) to restart his life with his family.

Fauziah asked the court to impose jail sentences of between 10 years jail and 12 years jail sentence.

— Bernama

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