Australian to face Malaysian drugs acquittal appeal
PUTRAJAYA (AFP) - An Australian man who was acquitted in Malaysia on the capital charge of drug trafficking was ordered on Tuesday to surrender his passport and remain in the country pending a government appeal.
Mr Dominic Bird, 33, was acquitted on Sept 4, apparently ending an 18-month legal ordeal.
But he was arrested five days later as he sought to leave the country for his home in Western Australia, as authorities said they would appeal the acquittal.
Mr Bird's lawyers have called his re-arrest unconstitutional but a three-judge appeals panel rejected that argument on Tuesday.