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Bella case [Kuala Lumpur]: Prosecution & Defence Advised to Cooperate over Coordination of Witnesses

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Shashwati Chowdhury

Published on: June 18, 2022 at 15:36 IST

The Sessions Court has advised the prosecution and defence in the case of Rumah Bonda founder Siti Bainun Ahd Razali to cooperate in sharing information pertaining to case management, especially witness coordination.

Judge Izralizam Sanusi stated that coordination of witness was a normal procedure in court.

Before the trial of Siti Bainun’s case continued on Thursday (June 16) the Judge said, “As we all know, the selection of witnesses offered by the prosecution is at the discretion of the prosecution, the prosecution can arrange (witnesses), who can be called and who can be offered.” 

Earlier, when Judge Izralizam asked the prosecution how many more witnesses will be called to testify, Deputy Public Prosecutor Zilfinaz Abbas said, “about 10 witnesses.”

The Prosecution has called eight witnesses in the case, and the defence will cross-examine the eighth, legal research officer Suhana Zam, 40, today.

Siti Bainun, 30, pleaded not guilty to two charges of neglect and abuse against Bella, a 13-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, causing her physical and emotional injury.

She is charged with committing the act between February and June 2021 at a condominium in Wangsa Maju under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years or a fine of RM50,000, or both, on conviction.

The trial before Judge Izralizam continues.-Bernama.