Court orders man to undergo mental check-up


Off to the hospital: Hasbullah being taken away after the Sessions Court ordered him to be sent to a ­psychiatric hospital for observation. — Bernama

KANGAR: The Sessions Court here ordered a man who was charged with posting offensive communications on his Facebook page against the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail to be sent to hospital for mental observation.

Judge Musyiri Peet ordered Hasbullah Mohammad, 41, to be sent to a psychiatric hospital following a request by his lawyer Shazwan Shaidan.

The judge also set May 15 for submission of the psychiatric report on the accused.

According to Shazwan, his client is an OKU (person with disability) card holder with mental disability and is undergoing follow-up treatment at the Tuanku Fauziah Hospital here, and is sometimes referred to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

Earlier, Hasbullah pleaded not guilty, Bernama reported.

He was charged with committing the act on the Facebook account using the profile name Muhammad Muhammad (Ku Tehh Ku Muhammad) last March 6.

The charge, framed under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, provides a fine of not more than RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to one year or both upon conviction.

Perlis prosecution director Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal prosecuted.

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