KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia July 6 (NNN-Bernama) UMNO Sungai Besar Division chief Jamal Md Yunos pleaded not guilty in the Ampang Magistrate’s Court to escaping from police custody, and was denied bail.
Magistrate Muhammad Firdaus Sadina Ali decided not to grant bail after hearing the arguments of DPP Faten Hadni Khairuddin and counsel Izzat Zabir Sariff who represented Jamal. He set July 30 for mention.
Jamal, 48, is accused of having escaped from the custody of police who had detained him lawfully over three cases, two under Section 448 of the Penal Code for house trespass and one under Section 290 of the code for committing a public nuisance.
The offence, under Section 224 of the Penal Code, was allegedly committed at the KPJ Ampang Puteri Hospital here between 2 pm and 3 pm on May 25.
He faces a maximum of two years jail and a fine, or both, if convicted.
Faten Hadni did not propose bail and said this was in view of the fact that Jamal was a flight risk.
The fact that the accused fled overseas is regarded as contempt of court. Furthermore, he knew that he was being sought but was reluctant to cooperate with the police and fled to Indonesia, he said.
However, Izzat appealed for his client to be allowed bail, saying that Jamal had gone missing over a misunderstanding.
He said that defining his client’s disappearance as fleeing was inaccurate because he had thought that his period of bail was over and he went on to take care of his unsettled chores.
My client will cooperate and attend court on the date fixed, he said.
Jamal, who was in the dock, appealed to the court for bail, saying that he had gone through a harrowing experience for a month while in Indonesia.
The prosecution was led by Selangor director of prosecution Razali Che Ani and also comprised Faten Hadni and Mahathir Mohd Khairuddin.
Jamal was brought back from Indonesia Thursday (Yesterday) after he was detained by the Indonesian police on July 2 in South Jakarta.
Source: NAM News Network