|Judges will explain bowler’s case, public told|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 10:07am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
by REGINA LEE
PETALING JAYA: The public should not jump to conclusions over the reduction of the sentence on a national bowler convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl, said Federal Court corporate communications and international relations head Mohd Aizuddin Zolkeply.
The Court of Appeal judges for the case, he said, had yet to complete their written judgment to explain why the sentence was commuted.
“A judgment will not just be based on several sentences. Wait for the grounds of judgment to be published and we will definitely inform the public once it is out,” he said yesterday.
Mohd Aizuddin was commenting on the public uproar after Noor Afizal Azizan escaped jail when the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal against a High Court decision to sentence him for statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 2009.
Instead, Noor Afizal, who was 18 when he committed the offence, was bound over for good behaviour for five years.
Court of Appeal president Justice Raus Md Shariff had noted that “public interest would not be served if Noor Afizal was sent to jail as he had a bright future”.
The matter caught the attention of women’s groups, including the Joint Action Group For Gender Equality (JAG), which urged the judiciary to clarify the judgment.
The National Council of Justices of the Peace had also called on both the Attorney-General and the Court of Appeal to review the decision.
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