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Uthayakumar sent to hospital, sedition trial postponed

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Feb 2009: A Sessions Court judge today ordered Internal Security Act detainee P Uthayakumar to be sent immediately to a government hospital for diabetes treatment.

Judge Sabariah Othman also postponed his sedition trial to 28 April.

Uthayakumar, 48, was alleged to have posted a seditious letter by Hindu Rights Action Force, now a banned organisation, to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on website http://policewatchmalaysia.com on Nov 15, 2007.

He has been in detention since late 2007.

His lawyer, M Manogeran, complained to the judge earlier that Uthayakumar who has diabetes, has a swollen right toe that is turning black.

“The injury was sustained when my client while being taken to the Travers police station blindfolded, accidently bumped into something, causing his condition to worsen.

“Though we are not experts or doctors we can clearly see his worsening condition, and we plead for the trial to be postponed and we are ready for continuance after the accused has been treated,” he said.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran did not object to Uthayakumar receiving treatment at Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

She however objected to the defence’s application for the charge to be dropped on the ground that it was motivated by a grudge between Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and Uthayakumar.

She also said the prosecution would produce five witnesses during the trial. — Bernama

 

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