NIBONG TEBAL: The Jawi magistrate’s court near here yesterday cancelled the arrest warrants it issued against PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu and his nine supporters for failing to appear in court.
Magistrate Nor Ashikin Mokhtar cancelled the arrest warrants after listening to the explanation from counsel Yuslita Yusoff and fixed hearing for three days beginning on Sept 28.
She had issued the warrants on Monday after the 10, who are charged with obstructing policemen from carrying out their duties, failed to turn up for the hearing. Their lawyers were also absent.
Yuslita told the court that Mohamad, 54, also known as Mat Sabu, and the other nine accused did not turn up in court due to a miscommunication between court officials and the defence counsel.
“It was a technical error,” she said.
DPP Mukhriz Matrus said he had no objection to the cancellation of the warrants.
Mat Sabu is charged with obstructing Supt Mohd Nasir Salleh from arresting him at the Bukit Tambun toll plaza at 7.45pm on Dec 9, 2007, while the other nine are charged with obstructing policemen from taking him into custody.
The nine are Zamarul Aini Abdul Malek, 37, Zainal Azrun Zainal Abidin, 35, Abdul Rahim Mat Ariff, 58, Md Lazim Osman, 50, Mohd Biyamin Ishak, 44, Fauzi Saharat, 44, Abdul Razak Ramli, 42, Mohd Subri Mohd Said, 42, and Mohamad Salleh, 47.