KUANTAN: Wheelchair-bound Tuhan Harun sect leader Harun Mat Saat yesterday failed in his bid to secure bail on medical grounds after the High Court here dismissed his application.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman, in rejecting the 48-year-old’s application, said Harun’s health condition was not life threatening and that bail to enable him to receive continuous treatment at the hospital was not a “specific requirement”.
“Bail would only be offered to those with special, unusual and specific reasons. In this case, the court does not see a need for the accused to be granted bail.
“The doctors, who had treated the accused, are specialists and the court cannot accept the argument that he should be allowed bail to enable him to receive continuous treatment from the hospital bed.”
Ab Karim said the accused faced a serious charge of criminal conspiracy which had led to the death of Pahang Islamic Religious Department (Jaip) chief enforcement officer Ahmad Raffli Abd Malek in Indera Mahkota on Nov 10 last year.
“The court has to put public interest above the accused’s interest and the penalty that he (Harun) is facing shows the seriousness of his offence.
“He is charged along with five others,” he said, adding that the accused was also not facing any mental illnesses.
He rejected the bail application and ordered Harun to remain in prison until the trial was over.
Harun was represented by counsel Hermes Media Putra Ibrahim while deputy public prosecutor Khamizah Salleh prosecuted.
On Dec 16 last year, Harun, his third wife, Azida Mohd Zol, 30 and driver Shaizral Eddie Nizam Shaari, 37, were charged with a criminal conspiracy that led to Ahmad Raffli’s death.
On the same day, Sumustapha Suradi, 39, from Kampung Sibugal Besar, Sandakan, Sabah, was charged with murdering Ahmad Raffli, with two others who are still at large.