Mat Sabu claims trial

By Adie Suri Zulkefli
13 December, 2007

NIBONG TEBAL: Pas vice-president Mohamad Sabu was charged in the magistrate’s court yesterday with obstructing police from carrying out their duties. He pleaded not guilty.

There was tight security as police mounted roadblocks beginning from the Juru toll plaza leading to the court complex as word got round that Mohamad Sabu, who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, would be taken to the court.
About 100 Pas supporters and onlookers managed to make their way to the court compound and they were closely watched by policemen, including Federal Reserve Unit personnel.
Mohamad Sabu arrived at the court in a Mitsubishi Triton about 9.50am accompanied by a team of five lawyers led by Asmuni Alwi.
The other lawyers were Darshan Singh, Aqbal Shiffuddin Adnan Sallehudin, Abdul Halim Mohd Noor and Muhammad Afif Abdullah.
Mohamad Sabu then claimed trial before magistrate Mohd Izham Ali to the charge under Section 186 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of three months’ jail, a fine or both.
He was accused of obstructing Superintendent Mohd Nasir Salleh and other policemen from arresting him at the Bukit Tambun toll plaza about 7.45pm on Sunday.
Deputy public prosecutor Zalina Awang proposed that the court set bail at RM7,000 in one surety and also applied to have Mohamad Sabu’s passport impounded.
Asmuni objected, arguing that the maximum fine for the offence was just RM10,000 and his client had attended all court proceedings previously.
He was supported by Darshan.
The court granted Mohamad Sabu RM3,000 bail in one surety and set Feb 13 for mention.
Mohamad Sabu posted the bail and was released about 11.30am.