MUAR: Former national cyclist Ramli Kasron was sentenced to death by the High Court for trafficking in 4,477gm of cannabis in 2006.
Ramli, 41, from Batu Pahat, had been charged under Section 39B(1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (DDA) which carries the death penalty.
In convicting him, Judicial Commissioner Ahmadi Asnawi said the prosecution had succeeded in proving the case beyond reasonable doubt while the defence only provided bare denials.
But in passing sentence later, JC Ahmadi told Ramli that although he had been found guilty and sentenced to death, there were still avenues for him to appeal.
Ramli, who represented Malaysia at the Manila SEA Games in 1991 and took part in several national cycling events, was arrested at the Air Hitam toll plaza on April 19, 2006.
According to the charge he had 4,477gm of cannabis on the back seat of his car when police stopped him at about 6.45pm.
The former cyclist was represented by Allen Yu Chin Aun while deputy public prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul prosecuted.
By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH