KUALA LUMPUR: The magistrate’s court set Aug 14 for mention of the case involving 19 students of Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) who were charged with causing hurt to navy cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain.
Magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin yesterday set the date pending a medical report of the victim.
The students, all aged 21, are Mohd Hafiz Fauzan Ismail, Mohamad Lukhmanul Hakim Mohd Zain, Ahmad Shafwan Berdal, Muhammad Amirul Asraff Mala, Luqman Hakim Shamsuri, Muhammad Sufi Mohd Mustapha, Noriznan Izzairi Noor Azhar, Muhamad Ashraf Abdullah, Muhammad Danial Firdaus Azmir, Muhammad Hasif Ismail, Muhammad Akmal Akif Alias, Muhammad Adib Iman Fuad Adi Sany and Mohamad Syazwan Musa.
The others are Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi Azmal, Muhammad Azamuddin Mad Sofi, Muhammad Najib Mohd Razi, Muhammad Afif Najmudin Azahat, Mohamad Shobirin Sabri and Abdoul Hakeem Mohd Ali.
On June 14, they had all pleaded not guilty to a charge of voluntarily causing hurt to Zulfarhan Osman to extort a confession from him over the theft of a laptop .
The offence was allegedly committed at room 03-05 UPNM Jebat hostel block between 2.30am and 5.30am on May 21 and room 04-10 of the same hostel block between 1.30am and 4.30am the following day.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor K. Vasugi while lawyers Datuk Seri M. Ramachelvam, Datuk Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Datin Hazizah Kassim, Ariff Amirul Abdul Jani, A.G. Kalidas, Mohd Fadly Hashim, Zamri Idrus and Joshua Tay represented the students.
However, six students – Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi Azmal, Muhammad Azamuddin, Muhammad Najib, Muhammad Afif, Mohamad Shobirin and Abdoul Hakeem – were not allowed bail as they faced another charge.
Five of them – Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi Azmal, Muhammad Azamud-din, Muhammad Najib, Muhammad Afif and Mohamad Shobirin – are charged with murdering Zulfarhan Osman, while Abdoul Hakeem was charged with abetment in the murder. — Bernama