Duo accused of insulting Islam claim assaulted in prison

Wai Foo Sing leaves the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court after attending case mention today.

KUALA LUMPUR: A senior citizen who was accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad on Facebook today claimed he was assaulted while in detention.

Wai Foo Sing claimed he was beaten up in the Sungai Buloh prison where he was taken after failing to settle his RM20,000 bail. His family only managed to post bail for him on March 13.

The 68-year-old claimed trial on Feb 27 to two charges under Section 298A (1)(a) of the Penal Code and Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act of insulting the Prophet.

Wai’s lawyer, Gerald Lazarus, told the Sessions Court of his claim when his case came up for mention today. He added that Wai’s daughter lodged a police report at the Klang Selatan police station on March 15.

“He is also under mental observation, and we have a medical report to confirm his injuries,” he said.

Sessions Court judge MM Edwin Paramjothy noted Wai’s claim and fixed June 17 and 18 for hearing after deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal said the prosecution had given the trial documents to Wai’s lawyer.

Lazarus also told the court they would send a representation to the prosecution to seek a reduced charge for Wai.

In the same court, another man charged with a similar offence also claimed he was assaulted in the Sungai Buloh prison.

Chow Mun Fai was slapped with eight counts under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code on March 8 for making, publishing or circulating a statement, rumour or report with the intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, a person or persons to commit an offence against another person or persons.

He claimed he was beaten up while in detention, and that his spectacles were broken.

Edwin told Chow he should lodge a police report on the matter.

Lazarus said he would assist Chow and another man, Danny Anak Antoni, to get representation from the National Legal Aid Foundation.

Danny faces two charges of insulting the Prophet, Islam and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang on his Facebook.

The court set April 26 for mention