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Ahmad Ramzi claims trial over threatening SMS

KUALA TERENGGANU, 4 June 2009: Politician Datuk Dr Ahmad Ramzi Mohd Zubir pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here to four counts of sending threatening messages through the short messaging service (SMS) to three Terengganu state assemblypersons two months ago.

The political secretary to former Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh looked calm when the charges were read out to him before judge Mohamad Khalid Ab Karim, who allowed him bail of RM8,000 and fixed 19 July 2009 for mention.

Ahmad Ramzi, 37, was also ordered to surrender his passport to the court.

On the first count, Ahmad Ramzi is charged with sending a threatening text message, which contained a death threat, to Paka assemblyperson Mohd Ariffin Abdullah at E726 Jalan Kubang Parit, Kampung Kubang Parit here at 11.21pm on 13 April.

He is also charged with sending threatening text messages to Permaisuri assemblyperson Abdul Halim Jusoh at the same place and time and to Ajil assemblyperson Datuk Rosol Wahid at the same place at 11.25pm the same day.

The offence carries a jail term of not more than two years, if found guilty.

On the fourth count, Ahmad Ramzi is alleged to have defamed Wan Ahamad Wan Muda by using his telephone number to send the SMS containing the death threats through a website, http://ownsmsbiz.com/v1, to Mohd Ariffin, Abdul Halim and Rosol, despite knowing that the action could affect Wan Ahamad’s good name.

The offence is alleged to have been committed at E726 Jalan Kubang Parit, Kampung Kubang Parit between 11.21pm and 11.25pm on 13 April.

If found guilty, Ahmad Ramzi could be jailed for up to two years or fined, or both.

Deputy public prosecutors Ishak Mohd Yussof and Andi Razalijaya prosecuted while Ahmad Ramzi was represented by counsel Rosli Abdul Rahman. — Bernama

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