Rohingyas charged with hiding body

KUALA LUMPUR: A Myanmar teenager and two of his compariots pleaded not guilty at a magistrate's court here to hiding a body wrapped in blood-stained cloth in some bushes.

The 14-year-old Rohingya student appeared confused when he heard the charge yesterday.

The two co-accused, welder Mohd Shafiq Nur Islam, 20, and coffeeshop worker Azizulllah Idris, 42, were expressionless.

The three looked at and whispered to each other as they stood in the dock.

Shortly afterwards, a female relative of the teenager came to the public gallery and broke down.

She sobbed uncontrollably after the accused were taken to prison.

At the outset, DPP Nor Diana Nor Azwa did not offer bail because none of their bailors were in court.

The three, who are United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card holders, were charged with causing the disappearance of evidence to shield an offender from legal punishment.

The Rohingyas are accused of hiding the body of a Myanmar national, in the bushes near a water tank in Jalan Semerah Padi, Cheras, at about 1pm on Dec 24 last year.

If convicted, they can be jailed for up to seven years and fined under Section 201 of the Penal Code.

According to the prosecutor, Azizulllah had lodged a police report, leading to their arrests last month. Magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin set March 1 for mention pending appointment of defence counsel.

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