KUALA LUMPUR: A former national aquatics squad coach who was accused of raping a diving athlete three years ago has been acquitted of the charge for the third time.
High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali ordered Huang Qiang to be released after dismissing an appeal by the prosecution.
The judge found that the trial court had not erred in its judgement when it said that the prosecution did not prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.
"It is my judgement that there is no appealable case. I therefore dismiss the case and affirm the acquittal of the respondent of the charge framed against him, ” he said here on Friday (Feb 21).
This is Huang's third acquittal by the courts after his first acquittal without his defence being called in April 2018 when the Sessions Court ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case on him.
However, after the prosecution appealed against the acquittal in the same year, Huang was ordered to enter defence on the rape charge under Section 376(1) of Penal Code.
He was acquitted at the end of his defence trial last year, and the prosecution filed an appeal again.
Huang, who obtained a Malaysian citizenship, was charged with raping a national diver aged 20 at the time at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil here at 5.30 pm on Sept 26,2017.
The charge provides imprisonment for up to 20 years and whipping, if found guilty.
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