Zayn Rayyan murder: court issues gag order to all parties involved

PETALING JAYA – The defence team for his parents has sought a gag at the Sessions Court due to the relentless social media posts about the controversial murder of six-year old Zayn Raeyyan Abdul Matiin.

Fahmi Abdul Moin who represented Zaim ikhwan Zahari made an oral request to obtain a gag-order against the public to not make posts which could be construed as sub judice.

Zaim Ikhwan, his wife Ismanira Ab Manaf and their children were jointly charged on Thursday with child neglect under the Child Act 2011

Zayn Raymond was found dead on 6 December last year near a stream at Damansara Damai.

They were affected by the rapid-fire posts that appeared on social media just before they were arrested.

Fahmi stated during the proceedings that the couple had been charged.

The Deputy Public Prosecutor Ku Hayati KuHaron stated that the prosecution will leave it up to the discretion of the judge but also filed an application to ban the couple from posting on their social media account about the case.

Fahmi responded that the defence had agreed with the prosecution’s request and reiterated their intention to seek a gag on the public.

DPP Ku Hayati replied that this application was “too broad” and that, although there were limitations, everyone enjoyed freedom of expression.

What can be done if there is a violation of the order (on the public as a whole)?

She said that “when it comes to gag orders, we have a target group.”

Judge Syahliza Warnoh of the Sessions Court then issued an order that parties to the case were not allowed to post anything about the case.

Zaim Ikhwan, Ismarina, and Zayn Rayyan were jointly charged with neglecting him in a way that was likely to result in physical injury.

The alleged offence occurred between 12pm and 9.55pm, on December 6, 2016, in the vicinity of Jalan PJU Damansara Damai.

The couple was charged under Section 31(1) (a) of Child Act 2001 read in conjunction with Section 34 Penal Code and faces a maximum fine or imprisonment up to 20-years or both if convicted.

Each was allowed RM10,000 in bail with one surety.

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