5 jailed, 3 claim trial to ri­ot­ing

New Straits Times - - News / Courts -

SHAH ALAM: A fam­ily of eight men, who were charged with ri­ot­ing, caused a scene at the mag­is­trate’s court here when they con­fronted press­men for cov­er­ing the pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day.

A man in yel­low shirt, who claimed that he was one of the ac­cused’s brother, con­fronted re­porters at the pub­lic gallery and asked them to leave the court­room, but he was ig­nored.

Later, an­other man, who claimed he was from Umno Se­lan­gor, ap­proached re­porters out­side the court­room ask­ing ques­tions about me­dia pres­ence in the court.

“Where are you from? I want to call your boss right now,” he said.

A group of men also tried to snap pic­tures of re­porters in­side the court­room be­fore they were stopped by po­lice­men.

Five ac­cused — Ad­lan Ramli, 37, Mohd Fiqri Abd Halim, 25, Shah­bani Ba­sia, 33, Azwan Ka­mar, 35, and Er­wan Abd Ghani, 37 — were sen­tenced to five days’ jail and fined RM6,000, or 12 months’ jail, af­ter they pleaded guilty.

An­other three ac­cused — Mohd Ridzwan Mah­mod, 33, Abu Zar Md Ya­tim, 49, and Mohd Rizal Mah­mod, 40 — claimed trial.

The eight were charged un­der Sec­tion 148 of the Pe­nal Code for ri­ot­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the facts, the vic­tim, Mo­hamad No­rar­iff Ab Lat­iff, was beaten up by a group of men be­fore be­ing poured with hot water at Kam­pung Paya Jaras in Sun­gai Bu­loh at 1am on May 20.

The 25-year-old man sus­tained ex­ten­sive burns on the face and body, and was scared on the back, left shoul­der and neck.

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