NIBONG TEBAL: PAS central committee member Mohamed Sabu and nine others were discharged and acquitted by a magistrate’s court here for allegedly obstructing policemen from discharging their duties.
Magistrate Mohd Izham Ali ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against the accused.
He also said there was reasonable doubt over the validity of the arrest warrant.
Mohd Izham said there was no evidence that the accused had obstructed policemen from discharging their duties.
Mohamed Sabu and nine others were alleged to have obstructed Supt Nasir Salleh and several other policemen by refusing to open a vehicle door and pushing policemen near the Bukit Tambun toll plaza at the North-South Expressway at 7.45pm on Dec 9, 2007.
Besides Mohamed Sabu, 54, the others charged were Faudzi Saharat, 47, Md Lazim Osman, 53, Mohd Biyamin Ishak, 47, Abdul Razak Ramli, 45, Mohd Subri Mohd Saad, 45, Zamarul Aini Abdul Malek, 41, Zainul Azrun Zainal Abidin, 38, Abdul Rahim Mat Ariff, 61, and Mohamad Saleh, 50.
Lawyers Aminuddin Zulkifli, Mohamed Hanipa Maidin and Yusnita Yusof represented Mohamed Sabu, while DPP Suhaimi Ibrahim and Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman prosecuted.
Outside the court, Mohamed Sabu told reporters that he was relived that the case was over and he was looking forward for the next general election.
Among those present to congratulate him was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng, state PAS commissioner Salleh Man and Jawi assemblyman Tan Beng Huat.