BANGKOK, March 18 (Bernama) — A Johor-born man, famously known by the Malaysian media as ‘Mr T’ or the ‘Malaysian Iceman’ could be staring at the death penalty over his alleged role in an attempt to smuggle 282kg of ‘Ice’ or crystal methaphetamine into Malaysia two years ago.
Tan Hun Seong and three of his accomplices have been formally charged in Thai court under the country’s Act on Measures for the Suppression of Offenders Relating to Narcotics 1991 and Narcotics Act 1979 which, besides the death penalty, also provide life imprisonment upon conviction.
According to court documents obtained by Bernama, the grey-haired ‘Mr T’, who is in his mid-60, a 69-year old Taiwanese man known as ‘Jimmy’ and two Thai women would be making an appearance at the Bangkok Criminal Court for their trial beginning May.
The arrest of Tan by a group of heavily armed police officers at the busy Hatyai Airport in April last year received wide media coverage in Thailand and Malaysia.
Thai authorities suspected Tan, who resided in Hatyai and had a Thai wife, of being a senior member of an international drug syndicate which sourced the drugs from Golden Triangle through northern Thailand and smuggled it to Malaysia.
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