Freeze on AES court cases

PUTRAJAYA: The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has freezed all court proceedings related to summonses issued under the Automated Enforce-ment System (AES).
This is to allow time for the Chambers to study legal concerns that were raised in these cases, it said in a statement yesterday.
Nevertheless, it maintained that the AES summonses issued by the Road Transport Department were valid.
“However, in view of the concerns expressed by certain quarters on the law and other technicalities, the AGC has decided to look into this matter and directed that all proceedings be withheld until the concerns have been addressed.
“A decision will be made within the next few days on the above mentioned issues,” the statement added.
In respect of the four AES summons cases that have been discharged not amounting to an acquittal, the AGC said they would be re-studied and re-registered if they warranted any prosecution.
In KUALA LUMPUR, two AES cases at the Traffic Court were adjourned at the request of a deputy public prosecutor.
DPP K. Vasugi asked for a month's postponement when the summons cases against Henny Suraini Yaakob and taxi driver Mohd Ridzuan Yusof came up for mention yesterday.
Lawyer Zulhazmi Shariff said Vasugi had told magistrate Noora-syikin Sahat the prosecution wanted to apply for a postponement of their cases on grounds that the documents were not ready.
“She (the DPP) said the officer who prepared the documents was not around.
“Today, I am supposed to get documents from the JPJ (Road Transport Department) to prepare for their trial,” said Zulhazmi, whose clients had on Dec 4 claimed trial to beating the red light at the Jalan Klang Lama-Jalan Sepadu junction.
The magistrate set Jan 18 for mention.
He said his colleague, lawyer Azmi Zakaria, had gone to Putrajaya court for a similar AES case for a client who allegedly beat the red light in Lebuh Sentosa road.
“The prosecutor asked for a postponement but Azmi objected, saying the case was not read in court.
“Azmi applied for our client to be released. The court granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal,” Zulhazmi added.
Sources said that those summoned in AES cases to the Jalan Duta traffic court were asked to go home without their cases being heard.
“They came to the registration counter and were told to go home,” a source said.

Source From : The Star
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