A Perth man facing the death penalty in Malaysia on drugs charges will be tried in December, a court has confirmed.
Perth man Dominic Jude Christopher Bird, 32, appeared in the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Tuesday, where his trial was fixed to run over five days from December 3.
A Malaysian High Court official confirmed the trial date to AAP on Wednesday.
Bird was arrested by undercover officers on March 1 at a Kuala Lumpur coffee shop, where police allege he tried to sell them 167g of methamphetamine.
The Australian has been charged under Section 39B of Malaysia’s Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries a mandatory death penalty for possessing 50g or more of methamphetamine.
He has also been charged with one count of drug use in relation to an allegedly positive urine test taken after his arrest.
He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
A Perth woman, aged-care nurse Emma Louise L’Aiguille, 34, is being held in a Malaysian women’s prison on similar charges, following her arrest on July 17.
L’Aiguille was arrested with Nigerian man Anthony Esikalam Ndidi, after a police sting in downtown Kuala Lumpur allegedly found 1.005kg of methamphetamine under the seat of their car.
Two other Nigerian men – one believed to be L’Aiguille’s boyfriend – escaped, but one of them is believed to have since been arrested.
L’Aiguille’s next mention date is October 1, when she may be formally charged.
Accused drug offenders are tentatively charged under Malaysian law pending a chemist’s report on the alleged substance.
L’Aiguille has already been tentatively charged.
Malaysia has executed three Australians for drug offences.
Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers were hanged in July 1986, followed by Michael McAuliffe in June 1993.