The arrest warrant for Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Jailu has been cancelled after he produced a medical certificate to justify his absence from his corruption trial last week.
Sessions Court judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh cancelled the order after receiving the certificate, which was issued for four days from Feb 9 to 12 by the Selayang Hospital.
“My client was warded at the hospital’s cardiac care unit (CCU), as he was unwell.
“He is due for his next appointment on Feb 27,” defence counsel Abdul Roni Rahman told the court here yesterday.
Day in court: Mohd Osman puffing away as he speaks to reporters at the Ipoh courthouse yesterday.
The MC was issued on Feb 10, the day the corruption trial involving a multi-million-ringgit project in Seri Iskandar, Perak Tengah, was scheduled to begin against Mohd Osman, 57.
Last August, Mohd Osman, together with four others including 52-year-old Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, claimed trial in separate courts to 16 corruption charges.
The cases are being jointly tried at the Sessions Court.
The other three are PKR politician Usaili Alias, 56; Perak State Development Corporation technician Ruslan Sahat, 46, and then Perak Tengah district councillor Zul Hassan, 45.
A month later, businessman Fairul Azrim Ismail, 31, was charged with accepting a woman as sexual gratification from one Mohamad Imran Abdullah to help the latter secure the project.
Met outside the court later, Mohd Osman, whose grim expression in the dock had been replaced by a smile, told reporters he would be returning to his kampung to rest after this.
Asked what had been wrong with him, he said: “Sakit jantung (heart ailment). I had heart pains and was admitted to the CCU,” said Mohd Osman, who was puffing away while speaking to reporters.
Asked to comment on Speaker V. Sivakumar’s move to suspend and bar Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his six exco members from state assembly sittings, Mohd Osman said: “I reserve my comments.”
Fellow PKR-turned-independent assemblyman Jamaluddin, who was among those in a large group who turned up to give moral support to Mohd Osman, also declined to comment.
Osman produces medical cert for heart ailment, later seen puffing a cigarette