KANGAR: A 36-year-old pasar malam trader was today charged with torching Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s car at his residence here two months ago.
Mohd Azimar Abd Razak, 36, was charged with mischief by causing fire or using an explosive substance in torching the mufti’s car on Persiaran Wawasan at about 5am on March 22.
He pleaded not guilty to the offence under Section 435 of the Penal Code.
Sessions Court judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad allowed bail at RM8,000 in one surety.
The court also ordered Azimar to report to the investigating officer of the case on the first of every month.
The judge also issued a restraining order preventing the accused from going close to Asri or his family members.
Ainul said the police may rearrest Azimar if he fails to meet the conditions.
She set July 2 for mention.
Deputy public prosecutor Norshuhada Mohd Yatim prosecuted while Azimar was represented by Nadjah Romli.
Separately, Perlis police chief Nor Mushar Mohd said four men aged 30 to 38, who were detained in connection with the case, have been released on police bail since no charge has been proffered against them.
He said police were still looking for Ahmad Mee, 49, who goes by the nickname of “Mee Tomoi”. His last known address was Kampung Tok Bedur at Tasek Gelugor, Butterworth.
In the incident, Asri had called the fire department after finding his car torched at his official residence on Persiaran Wawasan.
Police believe Molotov cocktails were used.
The mufti claimed the engine compartment was burnt and the front and back windscreens shattered.