Mat Lajak case: Don’t turn Sam’s trial into a racial and political issue, family says
JOHOR BARU: Sam Ke Ting’s family have come forward to urge all parties not to turn the case into a racial and political issue.
Andrew Cheah, founder of the charity Sunflower Charity-KL, delivered the family’s message after visiting the family on April 14.
Cheah told Sin Chew Daily that despite their concerns for Sam, the family remained positive, Sin Chew’s English portal mySinChew reported.
The family also reiterated that they have not raised funds or solicited public donations for the matter, he said.
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The family wanted to focus on Sam’s court case and did not want the case to become complicated with interference from political parties and the media, Cheah said.
Cheah visited Sam’s mother after the latter contacted him on April 13, the day Sam was found guilty by the High Court and sentenced to six years in prison and fined RM6,000.
Sam, 27, was sent straight to jail after High Court Judge Datuk Abu Bakar Katar denied her request for a stay of execution pending appeal.
Sam had already been acquitted twice by the magistrates’ court before the High Court found her guilty last week.
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Judge Abu Bakar ruled that the magistrate erred in accepting Sam’s defence.
The incident took place at Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, Johor Baru at 3:20 a.m. on February 18, 2017.
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