Religious school teacher ordered to defend himself for sexually assaulting student

SHAH ALAM: Four years ago, the Shah Alam High Court ordered a religious school teacher to defend himself against a charge of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student.

Judicial Commissioner Hasbullah Adam also ordered 26-year-old Mohamad Ajmal Mohamed Khairi to present his defense at the Ampang Sessions Court at 2 p.m. Monday (January 31).

Hasbullah made the decision after reviewing the prosecution’s appeal briefs and after carefully reviewing written submissions from both sides.

He said the prosecution as appellant and the respondent had agreed to appeal by filing written submissions on January 25 at the High Court.

“Having considered the appeal records and written submissions, the court finds that there is a prima facie case for the charge under section 14(a) of the Sexual Offenses Against Persons Act 2017. children,” he said.

On October 4, 2019, Mohamad Ajmal was released and acquitted by the Ampang Sessions Court after the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against three counts at the end of the indictment.

Mohamad Ajmal was charged with committing a physical sexual assault on the student under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offenses Against Children Act 2017 and read in conjunction with Section 16 of the same law, which provides for imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and flogging, if convicted. .

He was also charged with committing the same offense under Section 14(b) of the same law and read in conjunction with Section 16 of the same law.

Hasbullah said Mohamad Ajmal was also facing another charge of committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature with the same victim. The offense under Section 377C of the Penal Code is punishable by five to 20 years in prison and whipping if convicted.

Mohamad Ajmal allegedly committed all the offenses in a Maahad Tahfiz (Quran learning school) on June 8, 2018.

Hasbullah said the appeal hearing took place last January 25 at the High Court, where the prosecution as appellant and the respondent (defence) agreed to appeal based on the written submissions.

“The court found that there was a prima facie case for the charge, brought under section 14(a) of the Sexual Offenses Against Children Act 2017,” he said. .

On the other two counts, Hasbullah said the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendant.

Deputy Attorney General Nur Zatil Hidayah Ali appeared for the prosecution while attorney Ahmad Ishrakh Saad represented Mohamad Ajmal. – Bernama

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