Lokman Adam Slapped with Three Charges over Fracas with UM Students

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Umno’s Datuk Lokman Noor Adam and four others were charged with intent to cause hurt today over the confrontation involving several Universiti Malaya students last Friday.

  • Lokman facing up to five years’ jail and fine upon conviction
  • Mutalif, brother of former Tabung Haji chairperson Abdul Azeez, slapped with four charges, including two for causing hurt to journalist, facing up to a year’s jail

For the first charge, Lokman, 47, was accused of intentionally causing losses to 23-year-old Wong Yan Ke by tearing the latter’s placard at a bus stop opposite Amjal Restaurant in Jalan Pantai Baharu at about 3.30pm on March 22.

The charge under Section 426 of the Penal Code for committing mischief carries a maximum jail term of five years and fine upon being found guilty.

On the second charge, Lokman, together with four others, was accused under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt to Wong at the same place and time by grabbing the latter’s jaw and pulling his neck from behind.

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The four others were Petaling Jaya Umno division chief Abdul Mutalif Abdul Rahim, Lembah Pantai Umno office clerk Salmon Arif Budiman Muchlis, 47, law firm runner Mohd Norzakifah Mohamed Nawi, 43, and an unnamed fourth accused who is still at large.

All five of them were also jointly charged for voluntarily causing hurt to Wong by pulling the victim’s hair from behind at the same time and place.

Mutalif, who is the brother of former Tabung Haji chairperson Abdul Azeez, also faces another charge under Section 323 of the Penal Code for allegedly causing hurt to Malaysiakini journalist Siti Mariam Mohamad at the bus stop about 3.45pm.

He was also given an alternative charge for the offence against Siti Mariam under Section 352 of the Penal Code for using criminal force to cause hurt to the victim’s right thumb.

Under Section 323, anyone found guilty can be punished with a maximum of one year’s jail or a maximum fine of RM2,000, or both, while Section 352 carries a maximum of six months’ jail and a maximum fine of RM2,000.

Except for the unnamed accused who is still at large, the other four accused claimed trial. Bail was set at differing sums, with Lokman’s amounting to RM9,000 in total.

Lokman and several others were caught on video behaving aggressively towards the small group of students when they refused to put down the placards they carried.

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At the time of the incident, Najib was speaking to a group of students at a restaurant located opposite the bus stop.

The police have confirmed receiving 12 reports following the fracas.