Iraqi doctorate student denies reckless driving charge

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010

NIBONG TEBAL: The Iraqi national pursuing a doctorate degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), who claimed he did not know English or Bahasa Malaysia when he was charged in the Jawi magistrates court here last month, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Hamood Shehab Hamid, 45, claimed trial after the charge was translated to him by an Arabic interpreter, Razak Abdullah, a lecturer with the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur.

On Feb 19, Hamood was charged with reckless driving and causing the death of a 27-year-old postgraduate student who was riding a motorcycle.

The case was then fixed for Tuesday so an Arabic interpreter could be found to translate the charge.

He was charged with committing the offence at the traffic lights near the main entrance of USM in Jalan Transkrian, South Seberang Prai district, at about 9.45am on Feb 11.

He was charged with driving a car in a reckless and dangerous manner which caused the death of Fadilah Abdul Halim, a student at the same university..

Hamood, who is doing his doctorate in electronics engineering, claimed he could not speak or understand English or Bahasa Malaysia.

Magistrate Mohd Izham Ali fixed April 12 for mention.

On Feb 19, the accused was released on a court bail of RM5,000 with two sureties and was told to surrender his passport and driving licence to the court.

DPP Ahmad Ghazali Muhamad Nadzri appeared for the prosecution while Badrul Hisham Abdullah acted for the accused.

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