Thai court sentences Malaysian drug smuggler, ‘Mr T’ and accomplice to death – Nation

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BANGKOK (Bernama): A drug dealer known as “Mr T”, or “Malaysian Iceman” and his female Thai accomplice have been found guilty of drug smuggling by a Thai court on Thursday (Aug 16) and sentenced to death.

Tan Hun Seong, 64, from Johor, and Wilaipan Pettong, 66, were found guilty under Thailand’s Measure for Suppression of Offenders in an Offence relating to Narcotics Act 1991 and the Narcotics Act 1979, for trying to smuggle 282kg of “ice” or crystal methamphetamine into Malaysia two years ago.

The Thai criminal court, which delivered its verdict Thursday (Aug 16), also found two other accused – a Taiwanese man known as Cheng Mi Hsu, 69, or “Jimmy”, and Thai woman Wipharat Kandee, 50 – guilty of the same offence and sentenced them to death.

However, their death sentences were later reduced to life imprisonment as they had cooperated with the authorities during the investigation.

They were accused of being in the same cross-border drug syndicate in which the Malaysian mastermind played a key role.

The grey-haired Tan, who was arrested by heavily-armed Thai policemen in Hatyai airport in April last year, arrived in the court this morning in handcuffs with his legs shackled.

He looked nervous when the court delivered the verdict and was then seen to be in deep discussion with his lawyer.

The Malaysian, who spoke fluent Thai, resided in Hatyai and has a Thai wife.

His arrest, which received wide media coverage in Thailand and Malaysia, came about after the authorities nabbed two Malaysian men at the Sadao Immigration checkpoint in March 2016 with 282kg of “ice” bound for Malaysia.

Following their arrest, the two men revealed Tan’s role in the drug trade, which later led to his arrest in Hatyai airport last year.

Both men, who received life sentences, had accused Tan of hiring them to smuggle the drugs into Malaysia.

During the trial, the court was told that the car used by both Malaysians in their failed attempt to smuggle the drug to Malaysia in 2016 belonged to Tan’s son.

The court also heard that authorities found several vehicles with modified compartments when they raided Tan’s house in Hatyai after his arrest.

The court was also told of the various communications between the accused and one of the two Malaysian men via messaging system and coded conversation about their drug smuggling activities.

The prosecution also showed the many financial transactions between the accused. – Bernama



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