Kuala Terengganu trader charged with making statements about coronavirus

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  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2020

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): A trader pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate's Court here Thursday (Feb 6) to a charge of making a statement conducing to public mischief on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

Marzuki Abdullah, 40, was alleged to have made a statement alleging a patient was admitted to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital for the coronavirus with intention to cause fear or alarm to the public.

He was charged with committing the offence at Pangsapuri Ladang Tok Pelam hereat 8.22am on Jan 27.

The charge, under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to two years or fine, or both, if found guilty.

Magistrate Nordiana Abd Aziz allowed bail of RM5,000 with one surety and set March 3 for mention.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Amer Abu Bakar Abdullah and Nur Nabihah Hanin Ayim prosecuted, while Marzuki was represented by lawyer Muhammad Hafizuddin Abdul Hariz. – Bernama

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