81-year-old among 9 charged

Monday December 10, 2007 (The Star)

NIBONG TEBAL: An 81-year-old man was among nine PAS supporters who were charged in the Jawi magistrate’s court here with obstructing a senior police officer and his men from discharging their duties.

Zamarul Aini Abdul Malek from Kampung Gajah, Perak, was jointly charged with Zairul Azrun Zainal Abidin, 35, Abd Rahim Mat Ariff, 58, Md Lazim Osman, 50, Mohd Biyamin Ishak, 44, all from Perak and Faudzi Saharat, 44, from Penang.
Also charged were Abdul Razak Ramli, Mohd Subri Mohd Said, both 42, and Mohamad Salleh, 47, all from Kedah.
All nine claimed trial to the charge of obstructing Supt Mohd Nasir Salleh and several policemen from alighting from a police vehicle and also pushing them to prevent them from carrying out their duties.
They were charged with committing the offence in front of the Bukit Tambun toll plaza at the North-South Expressway at about 7.45pm on Sunday under Section 186 of the Penal Code.
They are liable to a maximum jail term of two years or a maximum fine of RM10,000, or both, upon conviction.
Magistrate Mohd Izham Ali allowed bail of RM2,500 in one surety each and fixed Feb 13 for the case to be mentioned.
It is learnt that the nine were travelling in a 10-car convoy escorting PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu on Sunday when police stopped them at the Bukit Tambun toll plaza.
It was reported yesterday that Mohamad and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief Tian Chua were among eight people arrested for allegedly involving in the Bersih rally last month.