Published: Friday October 12, 2012 MYT 6:16:00 PM
Updated: Friday October 12, 2012 MYT 6:25:52 PM
Judge clarifies stay of execution status in Sabak Bernam MP case
KUALA LUMPUR: Shah Alam High Court Judge Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah Friday clarified that Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir had not heard the applications for a stay of execution over a six-year jail sentence imposed on Sabak Bernam member of parliament (MP) Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakri and his aide Rosli Busro.
Abdul Alim, who was the judge who granted a formal stay of execution, referred to several media reports stating that Akhtar was the one who had dismissed their applications.
"It was brought to our attention that Akhtar never heard the applications for a stay of execution as he was indisposed," Abdul Alim said in a statement Friday.
The judge explained that due to the certificate of urgency filed by the applicants' lawyers, the High Court Registry had assigned the application to be heard before him on an urgent basis.
"And after hearing lengthy submissions by both prosecution and defence, a consent order for a stay of execution was entered by both parties," Abdul Alim said.
On Thursday, Akhtar upheld a six-year jail sentence and RM400,000 fine imposed on Abdul Rahman and Rosli, both of whom were found guilty of eight counts of making false claims involving RM80,000, four years ago.
Akhtar made the decision after rejecting their appeal against the conviction and sentence passed by Sessions Court Judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh on March 1. - Bernama