Singer Yasin Sulaiman Acquitted Of Drug Charges Amid Mental Health Considerations
Today, 29 November, the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court acquitted singer and composer Yasin Sulaiman of three drug-related charges
In a significant turn of events, the 48-year-old artist, who was charged under Section 39B and Section 6B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 in March last year, has been released, reported Harian Metro.
The court decision comes in the wake of three drug-related charges against Yasin, who was accused of administering drugs to himself at the narcotics office of the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters, possessing a large amount of cannabis, and cultivating marijuana plants at his Damansara residence.
In his judgement, Judge Faiz Dziyauddin said while the accused committed all three offences, the court had to take into account Yasin's mental state at the time of the incident on 24 March 2022.
The court determined that despite being conscious of his actions, Yasin was in a mentally unsound state, experiencing symptoms of mania that led to severe cognitive decline
"Although aware of his actions, the symptoms of mania experienced at that time led to severe cognitive decline, rendering the accused unable to comprehend that the act was wrong and against the law," he said.
The court, however, has ordered the singer to be placed under safe custody at Ulu Kinta Psychiatric Hospital, Perak, for the duration permitted by the Sultan of Selangor, reported the Malay daily.