PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today ordered a retrial for former Rantau returning officer Amino Agos Suyub who was found guilty of contempt of court.
Amino was jailed for three months by the Seremban High Court in October last year for coaching a witness during the hearing of an election petition filed by PKR’s Dr Streram Sinnasamy.
The Rembau district officer was the returning officer for the Rantau state seat during the general election on May 9 last year.
Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer allowed Amino’s appeal against the conviction and sentence on grounds that the rules of natural justice had been breached.
He said the court ought to hear the case again.
“What is plainly wrong in this case was the case laws that were relied on, which have no relation to Amino’s case, which was contempt in the face of the court.
“In fact, most of them were on contempt cases of scandalising the courts,” he said in his 51-page judgment.
Hamid said finding Amino guilty may be unconstitutional when different principles of law were applied.
The other judges who sat with Hamid were Hanipah Farikullah and Kamaluddin Md Saad.
The panel ordered the same High Court judge, Azimah Omar, to hear Amino’s case again.