JMM President Turns up in Court, Arrest Warrant Cancelled

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The Kuala Lumpur High Court today revoked a warrant of arrest against Azwanddin Hamzah, who previously failed to attend the committal proceeding filed against him by former primary industries minister Teresa Kok.

Judge Rohani Ismail cancelled the warrant after the Pertubuhan Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president turned up at today’s proceeding.

Kok’s lawyer Sankara Nair told reporters with Azwanddin’s presence they withdrew the committal proceedings application against him which was filed last October 8.

“The judge would commit him if he did not appear today. So, since he came to court, we withdrew the committal proceedings application, but we are at liberty to re-file it,” said the lawyer after the matter came up before Rohani in chambers.

Azwanddin was unrepresented.

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The arrest warrant was issued on August 28.

The application for committal proceeding against Azwanddin was filed following his failure to submit an open apology in three newspapers, namely Sinar Harian, The Star and Sin Chew Daily and to pay costs, which were among the terms of settlement for the defamation suit filed by Kok against him.

Sankara, however, said they filed a petition for declaration of bankruptcy against Azwanddin instead, since he has yet to make the settlement payment.

“There is still no payment made within the reasonable time and he (Azwanddin) said he had some problems (to make the settlement payment), so we told him we can consider it but within a reasonable time.

“That’s why we have decided to take the second route by filing the petition for declaration of bankruptcy in July, and the hearing was fixed to be heard on November 16 at the Shah Alam High Court. He (Azwanddin) must appear and file an application to oppose the petition.”

Kok sued Azwanddin for linking her to a land dispute involving the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya and the case was amicably resolved last July 29 with Rohani recording the terms of the settlement.