Ahmad Saiful Islam Mohamad, the son of former defence minister Mohamad Sabu, has filed an appeal to set aside his conviction and eight months’ imprisonment for a drug abuse charge last year.
Lawyer Muaz Zafar, representing Saiful, told reporters this after case management in the chambers of High Court senior assistant registrar Maryam Jamielah Ab Manaff.
“The notice of appeal was filed around June this year and today the court set Nov 13 for case management.
“We are also waiting for the grounds of judgment and evidence notes for this case,” Muaz said.
Today’s proceeding was also attended by deputy public prosecutor Fatin Hanum Abdul Hadi and Ahmad Saiful Islam.
On June 24, the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur sentenced Saiful to eight months’ imprisonment after finding him guilty of drug abuse.
Magistrate Mohamad Aizat Abdul Rahim said the defence team had failed to raise reasonable doubts at the end of the defence case.
Saiful will also be monitored by the National Anti-Drug Agency and the police for two years upon completion of serving his prison sentence.
The court ordered Saiful to serve his jail term from June 24. However, it allowed his application for a stay of execution pending his appeal in the High Court.
He was also ordered to pay bail of RM9,000 and surrender his passport to the court, and to report to a nearby police station once a month.
Saiful was accused of using THC-type drugs at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur at 2.05am on Jan 5 last year. He was charged under Section 15 (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which provides for a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to RM5,000, or both upon conviction.
On Jan 3, the court ordered Saiful to enter his defence.
Six prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses, including Saiful, testified in the trial which began on Oct 15 last year.