An Australian man's hopes of being acquitted on drug charges in Malaysia have been dashed after a judge ordered his trial should proceed.

Dominic Bird was arrested in Kuala Lumpur last year during a police sting operation in which he allegedly tried to sell methamphetamines to an undercover officer.

He faces the death penalty if convicted.

The 33-year-old Perth man's lawyers insist the case should be thrown out after corruption allegations against the police officer surfaced.

However, the Kuala Lumpur high court judge says the prosecution's evidence is sufficient for the case to proceed.

Bird's lawyer Shafee Abdullah has told the ABC he is surprised by the judge's decision.

The trial is expected to proceed in early June.

 

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