An Indonesian construction worker was freed by a Malaysian court on Monday after facing a charge of murdering his Bangladeshi colleague after prosecutors failed to provide a witness.
A 41-year-old migrant worker named Suri faced a murder charge after he and another suspect who has yet to be found were accused of murdering Bangladeshi Mohammad Ali Ashraf, 28, at the Rapid KL Bus Depot construction site in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, on May 11, 2017, The Sun Daily reported.
If convicted, he could have been sentenced to death. According to an autopsy, the death was caused by a single fatal stab wound to the back of the body.
On Monday, judicial commissioner Datin Zalita Zaidan declared Suri not guilty, pointing out that the prosecution failed to make a compelling case against the defendant, adding the absence of an important witness heavily damaged their case, the New Straits Times reported.
Since the beginning of the trial on September 4, 2017, 10 witnesses were called to the stand. Under Section 302 of the Penal Code in Malaysia, the mandatory punishment for pre-meditated murder is the death penalty.
However, after being acquitted of murder, Suri was arrested again the moment he exited the courtroom for not having travel documents on him.