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Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 11:33:23 AM
KUANTAN: Four followers of the deviant group Tuhan Harun have been charged in the High Court here with the murder of Pahang Islamic Religious Department (Jaip) assistant enforcement chief Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malek.
One of them, Sumustapha Suradi, 39, from Kampung Sibugal Besar, Sandakan, was accused of killing Ahmad Rafli, 49, in front of his house in Lorong IM2/29, Bandar Indera Mahkota, here at 1.50pm on Nov 10.
Sumustapha, who was charged with murdering Ahmad Rafli with two others still at large, now faces the mandatory death sentence under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
The group leader, Harun Mat Saat, 47, his third wife, Azida Mohd Zol, 30, and another follower, Shaizral Eddie Nizam Shaari, 37, were also jointly accused with Sumustapha of criminal conspiracy leading to Ahmad Rafli’s death at the same time and place.
The charge under Section 120B(1) of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
Yesterday, all four accused pleaded not guilty before Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman, who set Jan 28 for mention for the two cases.
Harun, who is from Kampung Jelutong, Kok Lanas, Kelantan, turned up in court in a wheelchair as he is still being treated at a hospital after suffering a stroke in July.
Ahmad Rafli was shot dead outside his house after a man dressed in black wearing a kopiah (skullcap) called out to him. After greeting him, the man got out of his car and fired his gun three times. Two of the shots hit Ahmad Rafli.
Subsequently, the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had urged 31 followers of the cult to turn themselves in.
On Nov 20, Harun and two followers, including his wife, were detained in separate raids at two houses in Tangkak, Johor, over the case, which had seen the setting up of a task force comprising Johor and Pahang police.
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