An Australian man who had been facing the death penalty after being charged with drug trafficking in Malaysia has been acquitted.
Dominic Bird was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on March 1 last year after allegedly supplying an undercover police officer with 167 grams of methamphetamine.
The 34-year-old, originally from the southern Perth suburb of Success, was on Wednesday acquitted after Justice Kamardin Hashim said the prosecution had failed to prove its case.
Mr Bird's lawyer, Muhammed Shafee Abdullah, told the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday that his client should be acquitted, saying he was in fact the victim of a "deep-seeded vendetta" on the part of the undercover police officer who had arrested him.
Inspector Luther Nurjib was last week found guilty of contempt of court, for which he was fined RM2000, after it emerged he had threatened and attempted to bribe a witness in the case.
Mr Shafee told the court that Mr Bird had been "set up" by Insp Nurjib, repeating allegations made earlier in the trial that the detective had a history of shaking down drug dealers to finance a lavish lifestyle.
It has also been alleged that Insp Nurjib supplied a smaller five gram sample of methamphetamine, which the police officer claims he obtained from Mr Bird, to another dealer.
It's alleged the police officer had also borrowed so-called "flash money" to purchase the sample of drugs.
"He is a drug trafficker through and through," Mr Shafee said of Insp Nurjib.
"He is a common criminal dressed in a police uniform," he said, adding that Insp Nurjib's entire testimony should be disregarded as his credibility had been destroyed.
Insp Nurjib has since been moved from the narcotics division of the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, and could face further charges.