Monday, December 07, 2015
On April 24, the 11 were charged in the Magistrate's Court for making “excessive’” noise in a public area.
PETALING JAYA: Eleven former workers of British American Tobacco (BAT), who were charged in April for picketing over their dismissal, have been granted a discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA). Magistrate Salamiah Salleh granted them DNAA when the prosecution could not subpoena the witness to the trial.
Deputy public prosecutor Siti Fatimah Yahya told Magistrate Salamiah that the prosecution is not ready for trial. “The investigation officer has been changed. We could not subpoena the officer,” she said.
However, lawyer Latheefa Koya objected to the postponement, and argued that it was unfair to those charged. “The trial was supposed to start on July 14 but was postponed because the prosecution said they were not ready.”
“Today, they also said they were not ready. It is unfair to the 11 charged as some of them have travelled to attend trial.”
Latheefa asked for DNAA which Magistrate Salamiah granted. Siti Fatimah did not object.
On April 24, the 11 were charged in the Magistrate’s Court for making “excessive” noise in a public area.
They were charged under section 13 of the Minor Offences Act 1955, read together with section 34 of the Penal Code.
Ahmad Fikry Rajap, one of the 11 charged, expressed relief over the DNAA. “The Labour Act gives us the right to picket. Charging us over that is unfair,” he said. - Free Malaysian Today, 3/12/2015