The magistrate’s court will decide on April 22 whether to allow Rozana Misbun to testify via video link against her rock singer-husband Awie, who is accused of grievously hurting her.
Magistrate Ayuni Izzaty Sulaiman set the date to rule on the application made by deputy public prosecutor Goh Ai Rene today.
Goh had told the court that Rozana was afraid to give evidence in court and that video link testimony would not prejudice any party as she could still be seen by Awie, whose real name is Ahmad Azhar Othman.
However, Awie’s counsel Hazman Harun objected to the application as it was made orally today without his client’s being informed beforehand.
Hazman added that the prosecution’s cited reasons for the application (Rozana’s fear) was not backed by any evidence.
Ayuni ordered the prosecution to file its application in writing by March 27 and for the defence to file their written reply by April 3.
She set April 22 for decision on the application and for resumption of the trial proper.
On July 4, Awie, 47, claimed trial to causing grievous hurt to Rozana, 36, at a house in Taman Ukay Bistari, Ukay Perdana, Hulu Kelang, around 1.30 pm on June 2.
Awie may be jailed up to seven years and fined if found guilty of committing grievous hurt under Section 325 of the Penal Code.-NST