Malaysia re-arrests Australian after drugs acquittal
PUTRAJAYA (AFP) - An Australian man who was acquitted of the capital offence of drug trafficking in Malaysia last week was back in court on Tuesday after authorities re-arrested him in hopes of appealing the ruling.
Lawyers for Dominic Bird, 33, told a court that his re-arrest on Monday was unconstitutional as they mounted a bid for his "unconditional" release.
"This is intolerable. It is against the very tenants of acquittal," lawyer Shafee Abdullah told reporters outside a court in the Malaysian administrative capital of Putrajaya.
"They have been abusing the system. If they hadn't been abusing the system, I'm sure Dominic will be in Perth today."