Published: Monday October 22, 2012 MYT 1:15:00 PM
Updated: Monday October 22, 2012 MYT 1:54:18 PM
Mat Sabu’s application to set aside defamation charge against him dismissed, again
GEORGE TOWN: The High Court on Monday again dismissed an application by PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu to set aside a charge against him for allegedly uttering defamatory words over the 1950 Bukit Kepong tragedy.
Judge Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah, in making the decision, also ordered the ongoing trial of Mohamad, 57, in the Butterworth Sessions Court to proceed.
The High Court had dismissed the first application by Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, to set aside the charge last February.
Mohamad is charged with having defamed 25 policemen and their family members who defended themselves in an attack by communist guerillas at the Bukit Kepong police station on Feb 23, 1950.
He is alleged to have committed the offence in a speech at an Islamic kindergarten of PAS in Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor, Penang, between 10 pm and midnight on Aug 23, 2011.
The charge, under Section 500 of the Penal Code, carries a two-year jail term or a fine, or both, on conviction.
Mohamad faces an alternative charge of having defamed three policemen, namely marine constable Abu Bakar Daud and constables Jaafar Hassan and Yusoff Rono and their families at the same place, date and time.
The prosecution was conducted by DPP Suhaimi Ibrahim while Mohamad was represented by lawyers Aminuddin Zulkifli and Mohamed Hanipa Maidin. - Bernama