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Siti Bainun’s Lawyers Under Fire For Posting Photos Online With Heart And Peace Signs, Netizens Think It’s Tone-Deaf
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Siti Bainun’s Lawyers Under Fire For Posting Photos Online With Heart And Peace Signs, Netizens Think It’s Tone-Deaf

Netizens criticised a lawyer for sharing cross-examination details with a prosecution witness too.

Adeline Leong

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The case concerning Siti Bainun Ahmad Razali, the founder of the Rumah Bonda welfare home, and Bella, the 13-year-old girl with Down Syndrome whom she allegedly abused has become a hot topic again among netizens due to one of the lawyers.

READ MORE: TLDR; #JusticeForBella Trending Di Media Sosial. Beberapa Pihak Bongkar Segalanya

Siti Bainun has a team of lawyers and one of them, Hafidzah Hassan, shared some case details on Twitter.

Hafidzah shared details from her cross-examination with the fifth prosecution witness, Yasmin Nahar Mahmood, an  18-year-old resident of Rumah Bonda.

However, what irked netizens more was the group photo attached together in the Twitter thread. The photo showed the group of lawyers and Siti Bainun (in red) with peace and ‘heart’ signs.

Netizens said they understood that criminals have the right to be represented by lawyers but the lawyers shouldn’t behave gleefully especially when they’re defending a criminal.

For most of the netizens, the laidback or cheerful attitude conveyed by the lawyers was unbecoming and showed a lack of compassion and conscience for Bella who was abused by Siti Bainun.

They also questioned the motive of the lawyer for sharing the cross-examination details.

Even lawyer Syahredzan Johan said he wouldn’t take photos with criminals and post them on social media although he believes criminals have the right to legal representation.

Another netizen said sharing details of the court case in public while it’s ongoing can be considered sub judice.

Another netizen compared Siti Bainun’s legal team to the lawyers who defended known serial killers and pointed out the differences in behaviour.

What has the court heard so far?

According to Malay Mail, the Sessions Court was told yesterday (14 April) that Bella was fed rotten chicken mixed with chilli, chilli flakes, vinegar, turmeric, salt and soy sauce during the fasting month by Siti Bainun.

The witness Yasmin said Bella was told by Siti Bainun to finish the rice although she was already full because she ate in secret when Siti Bainun wasn’t at home.

Siti Bainun forced Yasmin to fry the rotten chicken thighs for Bella to eat. Siti Bainun also fed Bella 20 chilli padi and asked another Rumah Bonda resident Aida to count the chillies.

On top of these cruel acts, Siti Bainun also kicked Bella in the stomach for not listening to her instructions. She also threatened to pour hot water on Bella if Bella failed to finish all the chillies.

She would instruct Yasmin and Aida to hold Bella and force her to kneel.


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