‘Sultan of Melaka’ free at last

Noor Jan Tuah, the ‘sultan of Melaka’, at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today.

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today upheld the acquittal of a businessman who calls himself the sultan of Melaka on four charges of cheating.

Noor Jan Tuah was charged with cheating Zaamat Md Idris, Mokhtar Md Yusof, Ahmad Zainudin Abdul Hamid and Hazizi Ikhwan Zaamat into believing he was the Melaka sultan during a ceremony held at a hotel in Melaka on Dec 28, 2013.

“We found there is no merit in this appeal that warrant the appellate’s intervention,” said Court of Appeal judge Yaacob Md Sam.

Other judges in the panel were Rhodzariah Bujang and Hadhariah Syed Ismail.

Noor Jan was acquitted by the Melaka Sessions Court in July 2018, a decision upheld by the High Court last year.

The charges against him come under Section 419 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of seven years and a fine.

“It was a long journey for me,” Noor Jan told reporters today.

His lawyer Shaharudin Ali said that the alleged victims had testified that they were not cheated.

“This was something that came as a surprise,” he added.

Deputy public prosecutor Mangaiarkarasi Krishnan appeared for the prosecution.