Indonesian claims trial over outrage of modesty charge

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

AN INDONESIAN man claimed trial yesterday over the charge of aggravated outrage of modesty of a 25-year-old woman.

Muhammad Mahdi pleaded not guilty to the charge of using criminal force and voluntarily causing wrongful restraint on Miss X by forcefully pulling her to him, touching her breasts and private part, kissing her and forcing her to hold his genitals in March this year while at a house in Berakas.

Prosecuting officer Shamshuddin Hj Kamaluddin indicated to the court that he will be calling a total of eight prosecution witnesses for the five-day trial. Meanwhile, 41-year-old Mahdi, who is unrepresented, has no witnesses to give evidence for his defence.

Mahdi was granted release on $10,000 bail or the same amount in two local sureties but was unable to raise the money. Also, the prosecution yesterday objected to the bail on the grounds that bail is no longer available based on the amended charge of voluntarily causing wrongful restraint.

Presiding Magistrate Azrimah Hj Abdul Rahman granted the prosecution’s objection and scheduled for a further mention of the case on May 14 before an assigned magistrate.

The Brunei Times