Former Tabung Haji general managers Datuk Mohd Amin Sidek and Datuk Mohammad Shafie have been ordered to start their ten year jail sentence starting on Tuesday.
Judicial Commissioner Zainal Azman Ab Aziz made the order after rejecting arguments and reasons for a stay of execution by defence counsel Mohd Firuz Jaffril and V. Rajadevan.
Mohd Amin and Mohammad Shafie were sentenced to ten years’ jail each for committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) and cheating involving RM200 million eight years ago.
The High Court yesterday allowed a temporary stay of execution for arguments in court on Tuesday.
Zainal Azman agreed with Deputy Public Prosecutor Dzulkifli Ahmad that there was no special situation to allow a stay of execution.
“I find that there is no special situation or factors which the court can consider like their health which need continuous medical treatment or service not available at hospitals.
“There is no special situation like that in the case of Kartika Dewi which was deferred due to Ramadan,” said Zainal Azman.
Earlier, Dzulkifli said the fact that it was the first offence for the accused was not an important factor which the court could consider.
He objected to the argument by defence counsel Firuz that the court should consider their ages, nearing 60 years, as a factor.
“There are a lot of 60 year-olds in jail for various cases. This is not a valid reason,” he said.
Dzulkifli said he sympathised with them for wanting to fast with family members but it was not a strong reason for a stay of execution.
Family members of Mohd Amin and Mohammad Shafie were later seen entering the temporary lockups in tears before they were sent to Kajang prison. — BERNAMA