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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

mention today.

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

Shamsuddin, 44.



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.



The three DPPs were also involved in the proceedings at the Telok Datok

magistrate''s court.

Suresh, 28, and Sarawanan, 21, are now serving 20 years'' imprisonment in

Sungai Udang Prison, Melaka.



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