KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has filed an appeal against the Shah Alam High Court’s decision to release Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos on RM20,000 bail with three sureties.
According to the head of AGC’s Appellate and Trial Division Mohd Hanafiah Zakaria, the notice of appeal was filed yesterday afternoon and would be heard at the Court of Appeals, Putrajaya.
The prosecution can file an appeal within 14 days from the date the decision was made by Shah Alam High Court judge Yazid Mustafa on July 31.
Jamal, who was detained at the Sungai Buloh Prison for 27 days, was reported to have immediately paid the bail and was released on the same day.
Yazid made the decision after allowing Jamal’s application, which he filed through his lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, for a judicial review on the decision of the Ampang magistrates’ on July 30 to revoke the bail orders issued against Jamal for fleeing (police custody) from hospital and for two trespassing offences.
Yazid said the court allowed Jamal bail of RM10,000 in one surety for the case of fleeing from the hospital and RM5,000 in one surety each for the trespassing offences.
The judge also agreed with the lawyer’s submissions that for the two trespassing offences under Section 448 of the Penal Code, the magistrate did not have any discretion to revoke the bail orders even though the explanation given by the applicant (Jamal) was unsatisfactory.
For the trespassing case, Jamal was charged with four others who are still at large, with trespassing on the Happy Toys Shop at Taman Kosas here.
He was also charged with another person, while another is still at large, with trespassing on Starcom Trading and Services, located at No 23 & 25, Jalan Kosas 13, in the same area.
Both offences were allegedly committed between 3.30pm and 3.40pm on Dec 29, 2016.
The charge under Section 448 of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail sentence of three years, a fine of up to RM5,000 or both, upon conviction.
On July 5, the politician also pleaded not guilty to deliberately fleeing from police custody at the KPJ Ampang Puteri Hospital here between 2pm and 3pm on May 25. The charge under Section 224 of the Penal Code carries two years’ jail or fine or both, upon conviction.