KANGAR — April 24, 2019: Former minister and current Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim was today given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal from the charge of molesting an underaged girl in his car six months ago.
His lawyer Zamri Ibrahim said sessions judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad made the decision after being informed that the prosecution did not want to proceed after the victim refused to be questioned even in camera.
Today was the girl’s turn to testify as the fifth prosecution witness. The girl had initially confirmed the police report she had lodged but thereafter told the court she did not want to be questioned further and did not want to continue with the case.
Zamri said the prosecution then informed the court they did not want to call the next witness.
Shahidan, 68, a former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, was charged with molesting the girl, who was then aged 15 years, in his Toyota Harrier at the compound of the Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium here last October 20.
Shahidan when asked to comment on today’s decision, simply said: “I am fasting… I am a Muslim.”
Inspector Norzuki Husin of Kangar police testified that he did not know the case clearly until he was informed by a friend, adding that he did not influence the family of the girl to lodge a police report and had only read the report made by the girl while he was at the station the next day. — Bernama