In 2018, a Malaysian court acquitted Nigerian man Chihurumnanya, who had been sentenced to death for drug trafficking.
The Nigerian man outside court in 2019 and after his acquittal on November 11, 2021.
The Federal Court overturned a Nigerian national’s conviction and death sentence for drug trafficking, which had been upheld by the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Kuching, Malaysia.
On June 7, 2016, Nigerian Jonas Chihurumanya was arrested in a car park in Jalan Canna for reportedly trafficking 158.3 grams of methamphetamine.
On conviction, he was charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) 1952 and punished under Section 39B(2) of the same Act, which imposes a death sentence or life imprisonment with whipping.
The Kuching High Court found him guilty and condemned him to death on January 30, 2018.
The judgement of the High Court was appealed to the Court of Appeal, but it was dismissed on October 23, 2019. He then took his case to the Federal Court of Appeal.
After accepting Jonas Chihurumnanya’s appeal in Zoom proceedings on Thursday, November 11,2021, a three-member panel led by Datuk Seri Mohd Zawawi Salleh, Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan, and Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli unanimously discharged and acquitted him.