CHRISTIN NIRMAL v. PP  2 CLJ 471
COURT OF APPEAL, PUTRAJAYA
MOHTARUDIN BAKI JCA, SURAYA OTHMAN JCA, YEOH WEE SIAM JCA
[CRIMINAL APPEAL NO: B-05-161-04-2017 (FJI)]
12 JULY 2018
CIVIL PROCEDURE: Courts – Jurisdiction – Jurisdiction of High Court – Accused person charged under s. 39B(1)(a) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 ('DDA') for trafficking in dangerous drugs – Offence punishable by mandatory death upon conviction – Accused person sought High Court to refer constitutional questions to Federal Court – Whether mandatory death sentence provided for by s. 39B of DDA inconsistent with arts. 5 and 8 of Federal Constitution – Whether s. 39B of DDA arbitrary, disproportionate and fails to take into account individual mitigating circumstances – Whether imperative for High Court to refer purported constitutional questions to Federal Court for decision – Whether High Court seized with jurisdiction to dismiss accused person's application – Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 84
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: Fundamental liberties – Breach of – Constitutionality of provision – Accused person charged under s. 39B(1)(a) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 ('DDA') for trafficking in dangerous drugs – Offence punishable by mandatory death upon conviction – Whether mandatory death provided for by s. 39B of DDA inconsistent with arts. 5 and 8 of Federal Constitution – Whether s. 39B of DDA arbitrary, disproportionate and fails to take into account individual mitigating circumstances – Whether s. 39B(1)(a) of DDA valid – Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 84
CRIMINAL LAW: Offences – Trafficking in dangerous drugs – Accused person charged under s. 39B(1)(a) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 ('DDA') for trafficking in dangerous drugs – Offence punishable by mandatory death upon conviction – Whether mandatory death sentence provided for by s. 39B of DDA inconsistent with arts. 5 and 8 of Federal Constitution – Whether s. 39B(1)(a) of DDA valid
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