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The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 4 June 1999

Technician gets rotan, jail for drugs

KUALA LUMPUR: A technician was jailed six years and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the rotan by a Sessions Court yesterday for having 77.8gms of cannabis.

Judge Lim Yee Lan found Musa Maarof, 30, guilty of having the drug at Kampung Kerinchi at 3.10pm on Dec 15, 1997.

In mitigation, Musa said he had to support a wife and three children aged between one and eight years besides his aged mother. He said he had been remanded since his arrest on Dec 15.

Lim ordered the jail sentence to begin from the date of arrest and granted a stay of execution pending an appeal.

Copyright © 1999. Star Publications (Malaysia) Bhd.

Corpun file 3929


The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 29 June 1999

Liberians jailed for 'black' money scam

By Lam Li

PETALING JAYA: Two Liberian farmers were each sentenced to 12 months' jail with three strokes of the rotan and fined RM2,000 by a magistrate's court yesterday for attempting to cheat a pensioner in a money scam.

Vinnie Taylor and Roland Seah were also each sentenced to six months' jail and fined RM2,000 for using forged entry permits.

In mitigation, Taylor and Seah asked to be sent back to their country, saying this was their first offence in Malaysia.

Magistrate Noor Hayati Mat ordered that the jail terms for the two offences run concurrently and from the date of their arrest on May 12.

On May 27, Taylor, 22, and Seah, 26, had pleaded guilty to cheating Abdul Karim Satar, 57, by inducing him to pay RM15,000 (US$4,000) for a chemical that could allegedly process three bundles of "black paper" into US$100 notes at the Sunway Lagoon Resort at about 3pm on May 10.

Taylor and Seah were both charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code read together with Section 511.

According to the facts of the case, Taylor had introduced himself to Abdul Karim at a KFC outlet in Seremban on May 8 as Musa, a businessman with US$2.5mil (RM9.5mil) for investment.

Two days later, Abdul Karim was invited to the hotel, where Taylor and Seah demonstrated the process of turning black paper into money using a formula allegedly obtained from the Federal Mint Authority in the United States.

They claimed the formula was a new strategy by the United States Government to help war-torn countries.

The Liberians, who had dipped the black paper into a liquid claimed to be acid in front of Abdul Karim, later gave him the "processed" US$100.

They then told him to get ready US$4,000 in exchange for the liquid and three bundles of black paper.

Acting on information from Abdul Karim, Negri Sembilan police arrested Taylor and Seah at the Carlton Hotel in Seremban on May 12, the agreed meeting place for the transaction, at 12.30am.

Another Liberian who was present during the demonstration at the Sunway Lagoon Resort, Fiees Allison, 29, had claimed trial to a cheating charge on May 27.

Allison, who was out on RM7,000 bail, however, failed to appear yesterday when her case was called for mention.

Magistrate Noor Hayati then issued a warrant of arrest and fixed Aug 18 to mention the case.

Copyright © 1999. Star Publications (Malaysia) Bhd. (Co No. 10894-D) All rights reserved.

Corpun file 3928


The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 29 June 1999

Soldier gets 13 years jail for rape

By Hamdan Raja Abdullah

MUAR: A soldier who raped and left his victim in a plantation in Air Hitam near Bakri here last year was sentenced to 13 years in jail and six strokes of the rotan.

L/Kpl Razali Hamzah, 32, from Camp Mahkota in Kluang, was found guilty of raping a 24-year-old college student on Aug 21 1998.

Sessions Court Judge Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah, in passing sentence, said although Razali had no previous offence, he had lied and left the victim at the plantation.

Earlier, in submission, defence counsel S. Bala Sekaran told the court that medical evidence had failed to show the victim had been physically abused as there were no bruises on her body.

He said the medical checks, conducted only five hours after the incident, also did not find any sperm inside the victim which meant there was no penile penetration.

However, prosecuting officer ASP Lim Ah Bah said the accused had ejaculated on the victim's stomach and legs and that she had washed herself before the medical check-up.

The court in allowing a stay of execution, imposed a bail of RM10,000.

Copyright © 1999. Star Publications (Malaysia) Bhd. (Co No. 10894-D) All rights reserved.

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