Court frees Zaid, says prosecution should have called Najib

zaidKUALA LUMPUR: The Cyber Court today freed former minister Zaid Ibrahim of a charge of posting an offensive blog post three years ago against Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Judge Zaman Mohd Noor, in saying the prosecution failed to prove the charge under the Communications and Multimedia Act, also failed to call Najib to confirm that he felt “annoyed”.

“The prosecution failed to call the victim to confirm that he felt ‘annoyed’ over the blog posting,” said Zaman, adding that witnesses’ also “contradicted with one another”.

Zaman said under Section 233(1)(a) of the Act, the victim must be called to explain how he felt “annoyed” over the statement against him.

The charge against Zaid is over his blog post entitled “Rally Behind Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad” on Sept 2, 2015.

Zaid was accused of uploading his comments with the “intention to upset others”.

Speaking to reporters later, Zaid said his case would set a precedent for other similar cases.

“It’s very refreshing to have a judge who sees things clearly and doesn’t worry about making such a decision,” he said.

Zaid said his blog post was never offensive.

“I wasn’t trying to offend anybody. I was trying to lift the spirit for change,” he said.

Meanwhile, deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said they would be appealing the court’s decision to acquit Zaid.

Zaid was represented by senior lawyers M Puravalen, Americk Sidhu and Amarjit Sidhu.