NIBONG TEBAL: PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu claimed trial in the Jawi magistrate’s court Wednesday with obstructing a policeman from carrying out his duties.
Mohamad, 53, was accused of preventing Supt Mohd Nasir Salleh from arresting him at the Bukit Tambun toll plaza about 7.45pm on Sunday.
The warrant of arrest was issued by the KL magistrate’s court.
He was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of three months’ jail, fine or both.
About 100 PAS supporters started gathering outside the court at 8.30am. Mohamad arrived at 9.55am in a Mitsubishi Triton and was accompanied by a team of five lawyers to the courtroom. About 300 policemen and Federal Reserve Unit personnel were stationed along the roads leading to the court and several roadblocks were set up. Visitors had to register with the police before being allowed to enter the court compound.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Zalina Awang proposed bail at RM7,000 in one surety and asked that Mohamad’s passport be impounded.
She also asked the court to fix mention of Mohamad’s case and that of his nine supporters on the same date. The nine were arrested along with Mohamad on Sunday.
Zalina said both cases were committed at the same place and time and were under the same charge.
Counsel Asmuni Awi asked for a lower bail and requested that Mohamad’s passport not to be impounded, saying the offence was not severe and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail did not impound Mohamad’s passport when he stood for trial in Kuala Lumpur.
Magistrate Mohd Izham Ali fixed Feb 13 for the mention of both cases and set bail at RM3,000. He did not impound Mohamad’s passport.