Published: Tuesday February 10, 2009 MYT 9:51:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday February 10, 2009 MYT 4:14:28 PM
Arrest warrant out for Mohd Osman (Update 2)
By CHAN LI LEEN
IPOH: A magistrate’s court here Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu for failing to turn up for his corruption trial involving a 36ha development project in Seri Iskandar.
Magistrate Sharmila Abdul Samad issued the order after Mohd Osman’s sister told the court that her brother had been admitted into a hospital in Kuala Lumpur due to a heart ailment, but could not produce a medical certificate.
Last August, Mohd Osman, 57, together with four others including Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, 52, claimed trial in separate Sessions Courts here to 16 corruption charges amongst them.
The other three were PKR member Usaili Alias, 55, Perak State Development Corporation technician Ruslan Sahat, 46, and then Perak Tengah district councillor Zul Hassan, 45.
A month later, businessman Fairul Azrim Ismail, 30, was charged with receiving a woman as sexual gratification from one Mohamad Imran Abdullah to help the latter secure the project.
All the charges had been due for joint hearing before Sessions Court judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh but were mentioned before Sharmila as Azhaniz Teh was away on training.
Also noticeably absent was Jamaluddin, whose lawyer Abdul Roni Rahman told the court that his client was also unwell -- he however produced a medical certificate.
Sharmila fixed April 13 for mention of the arrest warrant against Mohd Osman while the hearing of the case continues on June 15 and 16.
Mohd Osman and Jamaluddin are the two assemblymen whose resignation from PKR last week sparked a sequence of events that ultimately saw the state government falling into Barisan Nasional hands.