Former Johor assemblyman charged with outraging woman’s modesty
MUAR: A former Johor assemblyman pleaded not guilty at a Magistrate’s Court here to a charge of outraging a woman’s modesty.
The three-term former Sedili assemblyman Rasman Ithnain claimed trial to the charge before magistrate Amalina Basirah Md Top on Sunday (June 12) morning.
He was charged under Section 354 of the Penal Code for using criminal force to outrage a woman’s modesty at around 5pm on Jan 13 in a white car.
The woman’s name was not mentioned in court.
If convicted, the accused could face up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine, or both.
Rasman, who is also the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Kota Tinggi division chief, was represented by lawyers Muhammad Mohd Nasir and Muhammad Izzad Syafiq Ismail.
Johor prosecution director Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman and deputy public prosecutor Hayatul Wirdah Mohd Yunos prosecuted the case.
The prosecution asked the court to set bail at RM5,000 but the accused’s lawyers requested for a lower sum, citing that Rasman has been cooperative throughout the investigation process.
Amalina Basirah then set bail at RM4,000 with one surety and fixed July 3 for the handing in of documents and Aug 16 until 18 for the next mention of the case.