Acquittal of drug accused will set precedent: Law experts

A Nigerian man was acquitted by the Court of Appeal after he was originally sentenced to death for importing nearly 2kg of methamphetamine.
A Nigerian man was acquitted by the Court of Appeal after he was originally sentenced to death for importing nearly 2kg of methamphetamine.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Apex court's judgment clarifies law on possession of drugs and 'wilful blindness' argument

The acquittal of a Nigerian man on death row here, who had claimed to have no knowledge that drugs were concealed in his suitcase, will set a precedent for similar cases in the future, according to lawyers and legal academics.

Law Society president Gregory Vijayendran told The Straits Times that the "groundbreaking judgment" on May 27 makes clear the law regarding the possession of drugs as stated in the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2019, with the headline 'Acquittal of drug accused will set precedent: Law experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe