KUALA LUMPUR — July 5, 2018: Umno Sungai Besar division head Datuk Seri Jamal Md. Yunos today pleaded not guilty to escaping from police custody. He was denied bail and taken to Sungai Buloh prison.
Magistrate Muhammad Firdaus Sadina Ali disallowed bail after hearing the arguments of prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin and counsel Izzat Zabir Sariff. He set July 30 for mention.
Jamal, 48, is accused of escaping from KPJ Ampang Puteri Hospital on May 25 after the police had detained him for three cases.
Faten Hadni did not propose bail because Jamal was considered a flight risk.
“The fact that the accused fled overseas is regarded as contempt of court. Furthermore, he knew that he was being sought but was reluctant to cooperate with the police and fled to Indonesia,” he said.
However, Izzat appealed for his client to be allowed bail, saying Jamal had gone missing over a misunderstanding.
He argued that defining Jamal’s disappearance as fleeing was inaccurate because he thought his period of bail was over and he went on to take care of some unsettled chores.
Jamal also appealed for bail, saying he had gone through a harrowing experience for a month while in Indonesia.
The prosecution was led by Selangor director of prosecution Datuk Razali Che Ani and comprised Faten Hadni and Mahathir Mohd. Khairuddin.
Jamal was brought back from Indonesia today after he was detained by Indonesian police on July 2 in South Jakarta. — Bernama