MALAYSIA: COUPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR GANJA TRAFFICKING SPARED GALLOWS
June 22, 2022:
A couple sentenced to death in Malaysia three years ago for trafficking about 5kg of ganja were spared the gallows on 22 June 2022. (Sources: FMT, 22/06/2022)
Their lawyers told a three-member Court of Appeal bench chaired by judge Hanipah Farikullah a joint representation made to the Attorney-General’s Chambers last month had been accepted.
The prosecution confirmed this, but details of the representation were not revealed in court.
Hanipah, who sat with judges Ahmad Nasfy Yasin and Nordin Hasan, then freed K Kavitha, 42. Her husband, S Jagatheson, 44, had his charge reduced to possession and was jailed for 15 years and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the rotan.
Lawyer P Thaneswaran, who appeared for Jagatheson, said in mitigation that his client had suffered enough as he was separated from his two young children.
Kavitha was represented by lawyer R Subash.
The couple were charged with trafficking 4,966.6gm of ganja at a house in Pangsa Pulai Utama, Johor Bahru, on 19 April 2016.
The High Court sentenced them to death on 18 March 2019 after finding them guilty of the charge.