KUALA LUMPUR: Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has been suggested by the High Court to be extra conscious when commenting about his court case on his social media posts.
High Court judge Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan mentioned he might perceive Syed Saddiq’s predicament being within the public eye, however he should distinguish his positions when posting.
“In a approach, I perceive his predicament however he has to separate his hats, from that of being a politician and an accused,” the judge mentioned.
Justice Mohamed Zaini’s recommendation got here after Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin knowledgeable the court that Syed Saddiq had been posting on his Facebook account about his cash laundering and misappropriation case.
The prosecutor mentioned he was not making use of for a gag order, however fairly it was a reminder to the Muar MP, who can be president of Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda).
“Just recommendation from somebody extra mature than the accused… I wish to remind the accused to not publish about his defence on Facebook as a result of this may very well be used in opposition to him,” Wan Shaharuddin mentioned right here on Wednesday (Jan 19).
Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, who represented Syed Saddiq, mentioned that being an MP, his consumer was requested about his court case by members of the general public.
“My discovered pal ought to perceive that. The public would wish to know what the accused has to say about his case.
“I’m of the view that there should be some type of flexibility (to talk about the case),” Gobind mentioned.
Justice Mohamed Zaini instructed Gobind that because the lawyer, he might counsel Syed Saddiq on what to do with regard to his social media posts, infrequently.
Earlier, all 4 prices, which might be heard collectively in a joint trial, had been learn out once more on the High Court because the matter was introduced for point out for the primary time after the circumstances had been transferred to the upper court.
Syed Saddiq pleaded not responsible to all the fees.
The court mounted March 24 for additional case administration.
Meanwhile, the trial has been mounted for a 22-day listening to on June 7-10, June 20-22, June 27-28 and July 4-8, July 13-15, and July 18-22.
On July 22 final 12 months, Syed Saddiq claimed trial to a cost of prison breach of belief involving RM1mil and one other cost of misappropriation of monies involving RM120,000, mentioned to be funds that belonged to his former social gathering, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
On Aug 5 final 12 months, he additionally claimed trial to 2 counts of cash laundering involving RM100,000, whereby the cash was mentioned to be proceeds from unlawful actions.