“It is always those who are desperate and at the bottom end of the chain that pays the price. It hasn’t and will never solve the drug problem,” – Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman (WHO Science Council Member)
Viral Video Of Heartbroken Mother Of Nine Sentenced To Death For Possession And Distribution Of Syabu
A video of a single mother’s devastating tears after receiving a mandatory death sentence for the possession and distribution of illicit drugs has gone viral.
Hairun Jalmani, a single mother of nine, was sentenced to death at the Tawau High Court in Sabah on Friday after being found guilty of drug possession and distribution three years ago.
She sobbed and screamed for assistance before being taken away sobbing by a police officer.
The sentence was handed down by High Court judge Alwi Abdul Wahab after determining that the prosecution had established a prima facie case while the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubts.
On January 10, 2018, around 5.30pm, the accused, who is also a fish seller, was charged with possessing syabu weighing 113.9g in an unnumbered house in Kampung Pangkalan Wakuba, Batu 15, Jalan Apas, Tawau, Sabah. Syabu is a solidified form of powdered methamphetamine.
She was accused under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952, which mandates the death sentence.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohammed Ali Imran led the prosecution, while the accused was defended by lawyer Darmin Acho.
The prosecution produced four witnesses, while the defence presented two, including the accused herself.
source - sabah post
According to drug law reform advocates, the overwhelming majority of the over 1,300 inmates on death row are there for drug-related offences, and the bulk of those condemned are either addicts, drug mules, or small-time operators.
Meanwhile, Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Science Council, says the single mother’s experience is “beyond terrible”.
“It’s time to get the conversation and work on abolishing the death penalty going again.”
“It is always those who are desperate and at the bottom end of the chain that pays the price. It hasn’t and will never solve the drug problem,” she said in a Twitter post.