NIBONG TEBAL, 21 April 2009: The Jawi Magistrate Court today cancelled an arrest warrant issued against PAS vice president, Mohamad Sabu (Mat Sabu) and his nine supporters for failing to appear in the same court yesterday.
Magistrate Nur Ashikin Mokhtar made the decision after lawyer Yusnita Yusoff, representing the defendant’s, appeared in court today, together with all the accused, to appeal against the decision claiming a technical error in the date of the case.
Yusnita told the court that the confusion was due to the absence of magistrate Mohd Izham Ali who was attending a course.
Nur Ashikin, a magistrate from the Butterworth court who replaced Mohd Izham later set a new date to hear the case for three days starting 28 Sept.
Yesterday, Nur Ashikin had issued a warrant of arrest against Mat Sabu and nine supporters for failing to attempt the first day of a scheduled three-day hearing that was supposed to have started yesterday.
Mat Sabu was charged with obstructing Supt Mohd Nasir Salleh from arresting him at the Bukit Tambun toll plaza at 7.45pm on 9 Dec 2007, while his supporters were charged with obstructing police from taking him into custody.
The nine accused are Zamarul Aini Abdul Malek, 37, Zainal Azrun Zainal Abidin, 35, Abdul Rahim Mat Ariff, 58, Md Lazim Osman, 50, Mohd Biyamin Ishak, 44, Fauzi Saharat, 44, Abdul Razak Ramli, 42, Mohd Subri Mohd Said, 42, and Mohamad Salleh, 47. — Bernama