14 charged with drug-related offences at music festival

Riot police on standby at the entrance on Future Music Festival Asia at Bukit Jalil National Stadium when it was announced that the third day of the festival was cancelled.

KUALA LUMPUR - Fourteen people, including foreign students and tourists, were charged in a magistrate's court here with various drug-related offences at the Future Music Festival Asia concert in Bukit Jalil Stadium here.

They were nabbed after six people, including three women, died from drugs overdose during the concert.

Of the 14, two Indonesians Ari Fiyanto, 27, and Angga Diandry Andy, 23, and three Sudanese Mohamed Abdala Sayed Mohamed, 23, Mohamed Elzain Dafaalla Babiker Khalid, 22, and Awap Abdualhafiz Alrwfaea Abualhassan, 23, pleaded guilty to having consumed methamphetamine and cannabis.

The offences were committed at a mobile police booth and the stadium compound between 11.05pm and 11.40pm on March 14.

Magistrate Erry Shahriman Nor Aripin later fixed April 23 for mention.

The remaining nine people - Adam Paul, 19, Pavin Akshay, 20, Muham­mad Ahsan, 23, Fazal Mohamed, 24, Hassan Ibrahim Hayyan, 20, Ahmed Hayyan Majeed, 19, Ng Teck Ming, 27, Mohamad Redzwan Sali, 26, and Tinashe Shimbo, 27, claimed trial to having and consuming, among others, ecstacy pills and powder, cannabis and amphetamine.

Erry Shahriman then set March 20 and April 23 for mention.