Arrest warrant out for Datuk Seri over no-show in court

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An arrest warrant has been issued by the Shah Alam Sessions Court against a businessman with the title of Datuk Seri for failing to appear in court, to face charges in connection with the release of 22 Chinese nationals detained for their involvement in online gambling activities.

The arrest warrant for Mohammed Al Faizal Mohammed, 45, was issued by judge Rozilah Salleh following a request by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy public prosecutor Fadhli Ab Wahab.

Earlier, counsel representing the accused, T Tamil Salvan told the court his client had been admitted to a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur for arthritis.

Tamil Salvan said his client could not inform the court in time, adding that he only knew about the accused’s condition today.

Rozilah then ordered Tamil Salvan to produce a medical certificate indicating that Al Faizal was unfit to attend court.

Fadhli, however, informed that the prosecution had contacted the hospital and was informed that the accused was allowed to appear in court today.

As the accused was not present today, the court postponed the case to tomorrow.

On March 18, Al Faizal was charged with four counts in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court, including two charges of accepting a bribe of RM176,000 from a businessman as an inducement to help release 22 Chinese nationals.