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PUBLISHED: Oct 27, 2014 3:49pm

Military court drops five of seven charges against Major Zaidi

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SUKHBIR CHEEMA By:
Sukhbir Cheema

Major Zaidi Ahmad was charged over statements issued regarding the use of indelible ink in the 13th General Election. — TRP pic by Daniel Chan

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27, 2014:

Major Zaidi Ahmad has been ordered to enter his defence on two charges of breach of a military standing order prohibiting military officers from making media statements.

The military court’s five-member panel, led by Colonel Saadon Hasnan, today dropped five of the seven charges for lacking in evidence.

However, it ordered the 45-year-old Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer from the Butterworth base to enter his defence on the two charges.

Both charges were for not going through military channels to voice his grievances and leaking a document on the indelible ink to the media without obtaining the approval of the Armed Forces Council.

The offences were committed at the compound of the Kepala Batas district police station on May 1, 2013 and Taman Bertam Indah, Kepala Batas,Penang, on May 3, 2013 respectively.

Zaidi, who chose to deliver a sworn statement during his hearing, was charged over the statements he made regarding the use of the indelible ink in the 13th General Election. He was represented by his counsel, Nasar Khan Mirbas Khan.

Nasar led the counsel after lead counsel Hanipa Maidin was absent due to his duties at the Parliament. Hanipa is the lawmaker for Sepang.

Prosecution officer Captain Rose Anuar Aripin led the prosecution.

Zaidi was charged with seven offences in February out of which four were for allegedly violating the Standing Orders.

The remaining three charges were for allegedly making media statements without proper authorisation and sending two text messages of a political nature.

Saadon fixed Nov 5, 9am, as the date for Zaidi to enter his defence.

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