Medical grad freed of Hindu temple desecration on insanity

| Ipoh, Malaysia | 30 Nov 2016 Asia Samachar |
The Star, 30 Nov 2016
The Star, 30 Nov 2016

A mid-level Malaysian court today acquitted a 29-year-old medical graduate of desecrating a Hindu temple in Ipoh, the state capital of Perak, on grounds of insanity.

Fathi Munzir Nadzri, the son of a former assemblyman, was however released with a warning in accordance with Section 348 of the Criminal Procedure Code by Sessions Court judge Ikmal Hishan Mohd Tajuddin, reports The Star (Medical grad freed of temple desecration charge on grounds of insanity, 30 Nov 2016).

“The court accepts the psychiatric report that the accused suffers from bipolar affective disorder with psychotic features in the manic phase and was emotionally unstable at the time of the offence,” the report quoted the judge.

Ikmal Hishan said that Sections 347 and 348 of the Criminal Procedure Code provide for the acquittal on the grounds of mental disorder and the safe custody of the person acquitted.

On the second charge under Section 6 of the Corrosive, Explosive and Dangerous Weapons Act, Fathi Munzir was acquitted and discharged for having a parang during the time of the incident.

The accused was charged on April 29 here under Section 295 of the Penal Code for damaging idols at the Sree Muneeswaran Amman Kovil temple at about 5pm five days earlier, the report said.


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