Shahi­dan to be ar­rested if he doesn’t ap­pear in court

New Straits Times - - NEWS / POLITICS -

ARAU: Po­lice will not hes­i­tate to de­tain Arau mem­ber of par­lia­ment (MP) Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim if he fails to be at the Kan­gar Ses­sions Court to­mor­row where he will be charged with sex­u­ally mo­lest­ing a 15-yearold girl.

State po­lice chief Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Noor Mushar Mohd said po­lice would take ac­tion against the for­mer min­is­ter if he tried to give ex­cuses not to be there.

“Whether he is sick or not, he is re­quired to at­tend be­cause his lawyer, Syed Muhamad Anuar Syed Lok­man Hakim, has promised to take him to court at 9am on Mon­day (to­mor­row).

“He was ab­sent once. If he does this again, po­lice will have to do their job (by ar­rest­ing him) be­cause an ar­rest war­rant has been is­sued,” he said yes­ter­day.

Noor Mushar said there should be no rea­son for Shahi­dan to be ab­sent be­cause the MP had been in­formed of the mat­ter.

“He won’t be able to hide. I hope we don’t have to ar­rest him,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Shahi­dan had con­firmed his pres­ence, but no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion had been re­leased.

On Fri­day, the Kan­gar Ses­sions Court is­sued an ar­rest war­rant against Shahi­dan af­ter he failed to be present to face the charge of sex­u­ally mo­lest­ing a teenager last month.

It was is­sued by judge Jo­hari Has­san fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Mohd Nordin Is­mail. Shahi­dan, when con­tacted on Fri­day, claimed he was un­aware of the war­rant.

Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim

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