Tommy Thomas drops case against Pakatan’s Khalid Samad

(The Edge Markets) – Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad remains a free man after the prosecution today withdrew its appeal at the High Court against his acquittal on a sedition charge for his comment made five years ago against the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).

The withdrawal of the appeal was informed by deputy public prosecutor Nur Ashikin Mokhtar after the defence led by Faiz Fadzil wrote a representation letter to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) for it to consider withdrawing the appeal.

With this, Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali struck out the prosecution’s appeal.

It was previously reported that on June 7 last year, Sessions Court judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah acquitted and discharged Khalid, without ordering the Shah Alam Member of Parliament to enter his defence.

This follows Justice Rohatul having ruled that the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against the federal elected representative at the Parliament lobby at about 11:30am on June 17, 2014.

Khalid, 62, when met after the case, maintained that what he uttered was not seditious and thanked the AGC for its consideration in withdrawing the appeal.