Aug 9, 2006

Nik Sapeia Charged With Voluntarily Injuring Dr Mahathir

With the earlier denial and now being charged, the reason behind the attack is still not clear.

Extracted from BERNAMA
KOTA BAHARU, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- Businessman Datuk Nik Sapeia Nik Yusoff, 53, was charged in the Magistrate's Court here Wednesday with voluntarily injuring four people including former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on July 28.

He is charged under Section 324 of the Penal Code for injuring them by spraying a substance which posed a danger to the body when inhaled.

The three other victims are former Pasir Mas member of Parliament Datuk Ibrahim Ali, Mohd Nasir Muda and Suberi Sahidan.

Nik Sapeia who was represented by counsel Zainal Abidin Mustaffa and Ilias Md Nor, claimed trial.

Magistrate Tengku Amalin A'ishah Putri who is the Sultan of Kelantan's only daughter, fixed Nov 22 for a re-mention. She allowed Nik Sapeia bail of RM8,500.

The prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Shahidani Abd Aziz.

If convicted, Nik Sapeia is liable to a maximum three years' jail or a fine or both.

The incident happened at about 11am when Dr Mahathir was about to give a speech to a crowd upon his arrival at the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport.

It drew public attention nationwide including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who immediately ordered the police to investigate.

Nik Sapeia was arrested the next day and placed under remand for four days.

He arrived at the courthouse at 3.50pm wearing a black suit without a tie accompanied by his counsel, wife and two children, and left at about 5pm in a black four-wheel drive after posting the bail.

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