Four men pleaded not guilty at the Magistrate’s Court in Johor Baru today to a charge of assaulting Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq last month.
The accused Norhanizam Ithnain, 38; Mohd Iskandar Masindra Rasidi, 37; Mohd Iskandar Afiq Razak, 26 and Ezzul Emran Abdul Rahim, 23 made the plea in front of Magistrate Mohd Zaki Abd Rahman after the charge was read out to them.
The four were accused of assaulting Syed Saddiq with the intention to dishonour him at Savanah Hill Resort camping site in Ulu Tiram at 9.30 pm on Jan 31.
They were charged under Section 355 of the Penal Code which was read together with Section 34 of the same Code.
They face a jail term of up to two years or fine or both, if convicted.
Deputy public prosecutor Faizal Noorhadi asked for bail to be set at RM15,000 each.
In mitigation, lawyer Izzat Muhar, who represents all the accused, requested for a lower bail as his clients had cooperated with police during the investigation.
Zaki set the bail at RM7,000 with one surety each and ordered the four accused to report at Seri Alam police headquarters every month.
The magistrate also fixed March 15 for remention of the case.
Besides Faizal, the prosecution team was also represented by Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Ghazali and Chan Choon Yew.
Also present was counsel Shufri Samad who was holding a watching brief for Bersatu.
On January 31, Syed Saddiq, who is the Bersatu youth chief alleged, a group of men had attacked him at a party event in Ulu Tiram.