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Malaysian in death row in Singapore acquitted after appeal with new evidence

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SINGAPORE: The Singapore Court of Appeal has acquitted a Malaysian, G Punithan, who was sentenced to death for trafficking 28.5g of diamorphine into the republic, after considering new evidence.

Punithan had been sentenced to death in May 2020, the first to receive the sentence during the Covid-19 pandemic through a remote hearing.

In the course of the investigations, one of the two drug couriers identified him as the intellectual author of the drug transaction that took place on October 28, 2011.

Prior to that, Punithan had introduced the two couriers on Oct. 12, 2011, to facilitate an impending drug transaction, in the parking lot of a West Coast McDonald’s.

“In this appeal, we were not concerned with the events that took place on October 28, 2011 in connection with the couriers,” said Judge Tay Yong Kwang, who explained the reasons for the court’s decision.

The full ruling was posted on the court’s website on Monday (October 31).

In addition to Justice Tay, the case was heard before Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and Justice Andrew Phang.

“The central question in this appeal was whether there was such a tripartite meeting on October 12, 2011 because that was the alleged link between the appellant and the drug transaction involving the couriers that took place on October 28, 2011.

The prosecution alleged that it was “by virtue of this meeting” that the couriers carried out said drug transaction.

“Therefore, it was up to the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the ‘alleged introductory meeting’ did take place to prove the common intent of the appellant and the couriers to traffic in drugs,” the judge said.

According to the judge, there were discrepancies in the evidence as to the date and time of day of the ‘alleged introductory meeting’ in the previous 2014 trial and the 2018 trial.

Punithan provided new evidence including investigative statements from the couriers, a telecom call trace report for the phone of one of the couriers, and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) travel movement records for one of the messengers.

Punithan was represented by a team of attorneys from K&L Gates Straits Law LLC, led by Senior Attorney Narayanan Sreenivasan. – Bernama


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Anwar to meet govt depts, agencies to focus on cost of living issues on Nov 27

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will hold a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya on Sunday (November 27) that will focus on cost of living issues affecting people.

“Tonight, we held a prayer session with parishioners and friends in Sungai Long.

“Tomorrow morning at 11am there will be a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya that will focus on the cost of living issues that are burdening the people,” he said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Saturday. (November 26).

Anwar is scheduled to attend the 2022 National Cost of Living Action Council special meeting at 11am on Sunday in Perdana Putra, Putrajaya. – Bernama


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Football: Malaysia Cup 2022: JDT take trophy after downing Red Giants 2-1

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PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) has become the 2022 Malaysia Cup champion after beating Selangor 2-1 in the final held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday (November 26).

JDT and the Red Giants were tied 1–1 at halftime before JDT’s Fernando Forestieri scored the game-winner in the 59th minute.

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I was just there to see my friends, says Ismail Sabri rubbishing talk of meeting between BN, PAS leaders

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PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says he was at a country club in Petaling Jaya for a farewell party for former employees of the Prime Minister’s Department on Friday (November 25).

The former prime minister strongly denied that it was said he was at the club for a closed-door meeting between Barisan Nasional and PAS leaders, Sinar Harian reported.

Ismail, Umno’s vice president, said he would only meet friends for a farewell ceremony.

READ ALSO: Dr Wee refutes claims that he attended a discussion with Umno and PAS leaders

“These (rumors) are malicious slander meant to tarnish my name. Nowadays, I can’t even meet my friends,” he told the Malaysiakini online news portal.

Talk about a meeting at the club had gone viral on social media after photos of various politicians arriving at the club were posted online.

Ismail added that it was unfair for certain quarters to label him a “traitor” for meeting with PAS leaders, however BN leaders who met with their Pakatan Harapan counterparts earlier this week were branded as “heroes”. .

The viral post lists Ismail, former Umno General Secretary Tan Sri Annuar Musa, PAS General Secretary Takiyuddin Hassan, MCA President Datuk Dr. Seri Wee Ka Siong and former Putrajaya Umno Deputy Director Datuk Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, among those who attended the meeting. .

Earlier, Dr. Wee said in a Facebook post that he had been to the club after receiving an invitation from two businessmen.

“It was to have dim sum for brunch at a restaurant located in the country club.

“When I arrived, I met former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who was in the cafeteria next to the restaurant.

“I greeted him before my friends arrived. When they (my friends) arrived, I went directly to the aforementioned restaurant for lunch,” he said, adding that he was hurt by the slanderous accusations.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also denied that Barisan General Treasurer Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was present at the farewell ceremony.

Sinar Harian reported that Ismail Sabri also said that other Umno leaders such as Khairy Jamaluddin were also slandered for going against party chairman Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Right now, because they want to support other people to form a government and appoint someone to be prime minister, the Umno leaders are slandering each other and dividing the party,” he said.


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