KUALA LUMPUR: A student activist claimed trial today to obstructing a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officer from arresting another activist at Dataran Merdeka yesterday.

Umar Mohamad Azmi, 23, was charged in the magistrate’s court with intentionally preventing Mohd Masran Mamat, 33, from arresting 34-year-old Mohd Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin at Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Raja, Dang Wangi, here, around 8.05am on April 22.

The accused is understood to be involved in the anti-PTPTN movement camped out in Dataran Merdeka.

It is further understood that Fahmi is an activist of Occupy Dataran, an autonomous grassroots movement based here.

Umar shook his head to indicate a non-guilty plea after the charge was read to him in court around 12.25pm.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wong Chai Sia applied for court to set bail at RM4,000 with one surety.

Counsel Syahredzan Johan pleaded for a RM1,000 bail with one surety because his client is in his final year studying a Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health at Consys College in Ulu Klang.

He said that his client has no prior criminal record and was given police bail around 6pm yesterday, thus showing that he would not abscond.

Magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir granted the accused RM1,000 bail with one surety and fixed May 8 for mention.

The accused posted bail through his father and was released around midday.

Counsel Afiq Mohd Noor also represented the accused.
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23 April 2012