PETALING JAYA: The office of the Federal Court’s chief registrar has produced CCTV footage of the Kuala Lumpur courthouse’s bail counters to prove that six men were forced to spend a weekend behind bars because their bailors did not show up.
In a statement, it said the security footage of the courthouse’s bail counters on April 20 clearly showed that they were still operating up until 4pm.
Previously, the chief registrar’s office said it was normal for the bail counters at the Kuala Lumpur courthouse to close at 4pm during Ramadan.
Last Thursday, the lawyer of six men who claimed trial for criminal conspiracy with the intention to cheat told FMT that they had to spend the long weekend in jail as the bail counter had closed earlier than usual.
Their lawyer, Alvin Tan, said court staff closed the registration counter at 2.53pm despite a notice stating that office hours were until 4.30pm.
He claimed the counter had been closed even though the families of the six men had gathered sufficient bail money and rushed to the counter at around 2.40pm.
A bailor’s presence is required so that the court can authenticate their identity and verbally explain the terms of the bail period and their responsibilities.
Law and institutional reform minister Azalina Othman Said later said she had ordered her ministry’s legal affairs division to conduct a probe into the allegation.