13 UPNM students released on court bond without charge

Idris-Jusoh-upnm2PUTRAJAYA: The 13 Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) students linked to a bullying case who were allowed to resume their studies, were released on court bond and not subjected to any charge by the authorities.

Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said there was some confusion among the public regarding the matter because there were two groups of students that he had mentioned previously.

“They are the students that I mentioned before who were allowed to resume their studies as decided by UPNM.

“These students will be given counselling and psychosocial support by UPNM,” he said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, another group of 13 UPNM students have been charged under the Penal Code and have been allowed bail by the court while awaiting the trial.

“These students have been suspended from their studies and UPNM is in the process of undertaking suspension procedures,” he said.

He said the ministry viewed the issue seriously and would cooperate with the authorities.

The case involves UPNM student navy cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain who died after being tortured by his colleagues over the alleged theft of a laptop.