KUALA KANGSAR: A 72-year-old traditional masseur and a woman who were charged with having illicit sex five years ago were granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the Syariah High Court here yesterday.
Syariah High Court judge Hassan Basri gave the order in favour of masseur Harun Mohd Yusof and co-accused Rohana Hussin, 35, who is now his third wife, following a request by the prosecution.
Prosecution officer Yusri Abdul Rani said that he was directed by his superior to request for a discharge not amounting to an acquittal as there was not enough prima facie evidence to prosecute the duo.
Judge Hassan gave the prosecution a month to prepare its case failing which the case would be dropped. He also ordered the release of the RM2,000 bond put up by Harun and Rohana, both from Kampung Kota Terosor, Sungai Siput near here.
Harun and Rohana were accused of having illicit sex at about 4am in March 1999 in a hut at a factory in Kanthan, Chemor near here.
Harun, who has 11 children, 33 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, said he was happy with the decision of the court.
Rohana said she and Harun had married in Thailand many years ago and had a marriage certificate to prove it.
“I am his third wife,” said Rohana.
Harun’s first wife Umi Kalsom Alang Ahmad, 71, who accompanied Rohana to the court said she had consented to Harun’s request to marry Umi Kalsom some years ago.