Appeal filed over driver’s acquittal in mat lajak case

JOHOR BARU: The prosecution has filed a notice of appeal against the acquittal of a sales promoter who was charged with reckless driving that caused a road accident in which eight teenage cyclists were killed two years ago.

Johor State Prosecution Director Amir Nasruddin said the notice of appeal was filed after the prosecution found and believed there were merits to file the notice of appeal, based on several issues.

“The prosecution has filed a notice of appeal against a Magistrates Court’s decision to acquit and discharge the accused at the end of the prosecution case. We believe there are merits in the notice of appeal, especially on certain issues, ” he said outside the court here yesterday.Also present were DPP Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Ghazali and Johor Baru South district police headquarters’ Investigation and Enforcement division’s senior investigating officer Asst Supt Mohd Yusop Mohd Ali.

He also refuted claims the notice of appeal was filed due to pressure from the victims’ families or other parties and described it as a normal procedure following a court decision. — Bernama

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