Australian Dominic Jude Bird was freed on bail pending the prosecution’s appeal against his acquittal on a drug trafficking charge by the KL High Court, early this month.
However, his wish to return home was denied after the Court of Appeal ordered him to surrender his passport, today.
A three-man panel led by Justice Datuk Azhar Mohamad unanimously decided to grant the Perth-born businessman 50,000 ringgit bail with two sureties.
Datuk Azhar also ordered the 34 year old to report to the nearest police station at 5 pm every Monday pending the appeal.
He is also required to disclose his address while he is on bail.
On Sept 4, Bird was acquitted and discharged after the court ruled that the defence had succeeded in raising a reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.
He was charged with trafficking 167.8 grams of methamphetamine at a coffee outlet on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng on March 1 last year.
However, the Australian was detained by immigration officers on the same day as his visa had expired.