MIRI: A 29-year-old man was tentatively charged in the magistrate’s court here with the murder of Miri PKR secretary and land rights activist Bill Kayong.
Mohamad Fitri Pauzi was brought to the Miri Court complex on Thursday amid tight security and was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder which carries the death sentence.
He was accused of murdering Kayong, 43, at a traffic light intersection near the E-Mart commercial centre in the Kuala Baram district on June 21 at about 8.20am.
Kayong was shot dead while he was inside his Hilux vehicle.
Another man, Lie Chang Loon, 37, was charged with abetting Mohamad Fitri along with three others who are still at large.
The duo were represented by lawyer Ranbir Singh while Senior Federal Counsel Mohd Iskandar Ahmad represented the prosecution.
The case was brought before magistrate Natasha Charles.
The prosecution asked for extension of time for investigations to be completed.
Charles granted a one-month period and fixed for mention on Aug 20.
Two other suspects were released.
Four others were rearrested outside the court under the Crimes Prevention Act.
Also present at the court were state CID chief SAC Dev Kumar and Miri deputy police chief DSP Stanley Ringit.
SAC Dev said the police were still hunting for the mastermind of the case and a few other suspects.