Short-lived freedom for four Iranians acquitted of drug charge in Malaysia

Short-lived freedom for four Iranians acquitted of drug charge in Malaysia
PHOTO: The Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR - The freedom of four Iranian nationals over a drug charge was shortlived when the Immigration Department rearrested them for not having valid visas.

Chaos ensued in the High Court here when the accused, who were celebrating their freedom with their family members, were handcuffed just a few minutes after their release outside the courtroom.

The four who were clad in T-shirts and jeans were seen looking at their lawyers and their families for an answer as to what was happening when Immigration officers were handcuffing them.

Lawyer Datuk N. Sivananthan who represented one of the four, calmed the situation by explaining that it was a part of procedure as their visa had expired.

He then told reporters that the four would be brought to the Immigration Department to be deported to their home country.

"Firstly, there is a fault in the drug charge, secondly, the material witness did not testify," he said.

Of the four, Syed Amir Hossein Sajadi and Reza Zali Shokrollah are students while Safeed Babaee Ahmad Abadi Ali and Ali Ves Karim Zadeh are tourists.

The four were jointly charged with trafficking and possession of methamphetamine.

They were accused of committing the offence at an apartment unit of Menara Berjaya Times Square.

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