KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 11, 2018: The Sessions Court has acquitted former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim of a charge of posting an offensive statement asking for the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak three years ago.
In not even calling for his defence, Judge Zaman Mohd Noor ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case and that there were flaws in the case, aside from inconsistencies in the witnesses’s testimonies.
He noted that Najib was also not called to testify for the court to know if he had been affected by Zaid’s statement.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Laden said the prosecution would appeal.
On December 4, 2015, Zaid was charged with posting the statement at his website, http://www.zaid.my under the heading, ‘Rally Behind Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’.
He was accused of committing the offence on September 3 the same year. The day before Zaid had given a speech at Royal Selangor Club, after which he uploaded the text at his blog. — Bernama