“Tahfiz school fire suspect, teen acquitted of drug charge”

The Malay Mail, 28 November 2017

"Tahfiz school fire suspect, teen acquitted of drug charge"

MediaMalay Mail
Published Date28 November 2017
Written ByBernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 ― A 16-year-old teenager who was charged with the murder of 21 students and two teachers of a religious residential school, was acquitted by the Magistrate’s Court for Children here today, of a drug-related offence.

Magistrate Zilfinaz Abbas also acquitted another boy aged 12, of a similar offence after the Kuala Lumpur Hospital Pathology Laboratory found them negative for drugs.

Lawyers Noor Svetlana Mohd Noor Nordin and Joanne Chua Tsu Fae, who represented the boy and the teenager respectively told reporters after the closed-door proceedings that the prosecution had also withdrawn the charge against their clients.

The duo were charged with inserting ganja and syabu into their bodies at the toilet of the D7 Office of the Criminal Investigation Department, Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters here at 11.35am on Sept 16.

Meanwhile, Joanne said another 16-year-old teenager she represented, pleaded not guilty to a charge of inserting drugs into his body, and the court fixed Jan 5 for case management and document submission.

The prosecution was conducted by Kuala Lumpur director of prosecution Othman Abdullah and deputy public prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz and Nordin Ismail. ― Bernama