Three Sukma athletes claim trial to rape (Updated)

PETALING JAYA (July 11, 2013): Three Federal Territory handball players claimed trial at the Sessions Court to a charge of raping a sports official at the Sukma games village last Wednesday.

The three are Adib Adha Ismail, 18, Mohammad Shaizzad Shafie, 19, and another 19-year-old whose name has been withheld.

They are alleged to have raped the 20-year-old victim in Room 128, Block Enggang, Second College at Universiti Putra Malaysia, between 4am and 4.10am on July 4.

All three accused were granted bail of RM10,000 each with one surety and ordered to report to the nearest police station once a month.

They were also ordered not to harass the victim and other prosecution witnesses.

Adib was represented by Stephanie Wong while Suraj Singh appeared for Mohammad Shaizzad and the third accused. Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Gin Han prosecuted.

The case is due for mention on Aug 20.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Gin Han did not propose bail, saying that these were high-profile cases and it was feared that the accused would interfere with the witnesses who were fellow athletes.

He also applied for the three cases to be heard jointly. The courts allowed the application and ordered that the trial be conducted before Judge Abu Bakar Manat.

The two other judges were Yasmin Abdul Razak and Rozina Ayob.

Counsel Stephanie Wong applied for bail of RM5,000 for her client, Adib Adha, and said she was prepared to have her client report to a police station regularly and would ensure that he did not interfere with the witnesses and the police investigation.

Counsel Datuk Suraj Singh sought bail for his clients, Megat Farzeril and Mohammad Shaizzad, and said they would not interfere with the witnesses. – Bernama