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Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 9:34:24 AM
Tight security: A policeman standing guard as an accused’s family members enter the prison building in Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: The trial of 30 people charged with various security offences connected to the Sulu gunmen intrusion at Lahad Datu district in February has been postponed with language barrier cited among the problems.
The hearing for 29 men and a woman was supposed to begin yesterday for 10 days at a hall designated as an open courtroom in the State Prison complex at Kepayan here.
However, at the start of the hearing, Kuala Lumpur-based lawyer Datuk N. Sivananthan representing 27 of the accused applied to presiding High Court judge Stephen Chung for an adjournment of the trial, saying his legal team had received numerous documents from the prosecution which needed time to be studied.
He said getting instructions from the 27 accused of Bajau and Suluk backgrounds would also take time as language was a barrier for his legal team and him.
Sivananthan told the court that they had also sought more documents from the prosecution.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail, who is heading a six-member prosecution team, said he had no objections to the adjournment.
Justice Chung subsequently fixed Nov 1 for the case to be mentioned and to set a new trial date.
Sivananthan said he was hopeful that the trial could begin some time in January or February next year.
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