Yes it is 2021 and you did just read that headline. Wereported on the brave Muhammad Lukman Mohamad last year who believed that he was doing the right thing providing free cannabis oil to patients and was threatened with the death penalty for doing so. It took a number of interventions from senior political figures to ensure that Malaysi didn’t embarrass itself..
Free Malaysia Today reports..
PUTRAJAYA: An engineer who sold cannabis oil to treat cancer patients escaped the gallows today after the Federal Court allowed his appeal on two counts of trafficking.
However, the three-member bench chaired by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat upheld Muhammad Lukman Mohamad’s guilt under Section 9 of the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA).
“There is a failure by the prosecution to prove the weight of the drugs and the conviction cannot be sustained,” said Tengku Maimun in an open court proceeding. Judges Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal were the other two members on the panel.
Lukman, 31, was sentenced to five years on each count of possession, to run concurrently, meaning he will only serve five years.
The penalty under this provision is a maximum of five years jail and/or fine of up to RM20,000 or both.
The Shah Alam High Court in August 2018 had found Lukman guilty on three charges of trafficking 3,010mm of delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (cannabis extract), 1,422g of delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol and 279.81g of cannabis.
He was accused of committing the offences at a house in Bandar Mahkota, Banting on Dec 7, 2015.
His case had been highlighted by many, with even former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad saying there was a need to review Lukman’s drug charges. A petition was also launched calling for his release.