SHAH ALAM, July 27 (Bernama) -- The High Court here today stayed the ongoing
murder trial of cosmetics millionairess Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three other
individuals following an order to do so by the Court of Appeal yesterday.
Justice Datuk Akhtar Tahir made the decision when the case came up for
He said the date to continue hearing the case would be fixed latter after
the disposal of the appeal.
The Appeals Court had ordered for a temporary stay of the hearing pending a
decision on an appeal by the four accused in the case, N. Pathmanabhan, T.
Thilaiyalagan, R. Matan and R. Khatavarayan, against Akhtar''s decision in
rejecting their application to subpoena DPPs Ishak Mohd Yusoff, Saiful Edris
Zainuddin and Idham Abd. Ghani, to appear as witnesses.
Pathmanabhan, a former lawyer, and Thilaiyalagan, Matan and Kathavarayan,
who were Pathmanabhan''s farm workers, have been ordered to enter their defence
on a charge with murdering Sosilawati, 47; bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38;
lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32; and Sosilawati''s driver, Kamaruddin
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The are charged with committing the offence at Ladang Gadong, Jalan Tanjong
Layang, Tanjung Sepat in Banting between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.
Yesterday, a three-member panel led by Justice Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin
unanimously allowed the applications brought by the four accused for an interim
order to stay the trial pending disposal of their appeal.
Last Monday (July 23), the High Court rejected the four accused''s
application to subpoena DPPs Ishak Mohd Yusoff, Saiful Edris Zainuddin and Idham
Abd. Ghani, to appear as witnesses.
The move to call the DPPs as witnesses was made by the defence in the trial
in seeking to expunge two exhibits presented by the three DPPs at the end of the
prosecution''s case in an attempt to discredit two farm workers, U.Suresh and K.
Sarawanan, who were called as prosecution witnesses in the trial but had
allegedly turned hostile.
The two exhibits were notes of proceedings at the Telok Datok magistrate''s
court where Suresh and Sarawanan pleaded guilty to a charge of disposing of
evidence related to the murder and sentenced to seven years'' jail each.
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The three DPPs were also involved in the proceedings at the Telok Datok
Suresh, 28, and Sarawanan, 21, are now serving 20 years'' imprisonment in
Sungai Udang Prison, Melaka.
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