KUALA LUMPUR: Umno politician Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fleeing police custody.
Jamal - who claimed trial to the offence on Thursday (July 5) - said he had thought he had previously completed the remand process properly, and that he thought there were no further instructions for him to follow.
The police launched a manhunt for him after it was discovered that he was missing from his ward at Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital on May 25.
He appeared before the Ampang magistrate’s court at about 5.05pm on Thursday.
His defense lawyer Izzat Amir said that Jamal had fled police custody without completing the bail process due to a miscommunication.
If found guilty of the offence under Section 224 of the Penal Code, the Sungai Besar Umno division chief would face a jail term of up to two years, a fine or both upon conviction.
No bail was granted for Jamal and the case was fixed for mention for July 30.
He has since been transferred to the Sungai Buloh Prison and will remain there until the case is brought up for mention.
The prosecution team is made up of Datuk Razali Che Ani, Mahadhir Mohd Khairuddin and Faten Hadni Khairuddin.
Jamal was arrested while having a haircut in Jakarta on July 2, and had been brought to the Ampang Courts Complex directly after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport earlier Thursday.
He is being investigated for at least six offences, including creating public nuisance by breaking bottles of alcohol to protest the Better Beer Festival at the Selangor state secretariat building on Oct 5 last year.
An arrest warrant for him was issued on June 1 for the offence of escaping or resisting police custody.