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Monday, October 11, 2004


The Canny Ong's Murder Trial

::On 6th Aug, after a lengthy trial, 28 year old Ahmad Najib Aris, who is accused of raping and murdering IT analyst, Canny Ong Lay Kian was ordered to enter his defence. He had three options ::
  • 1. testify under oath, where he can be cross-examine by the prosecution
  • 2. give a statement from the dock, where there will be no cross-examination
  • 3. remain silent


What many who followed the case wanted were answers to the question "Why Canny Ong did not escape despite many chances during the course of events leading up to her murder". Since Ahmad Najib has chosen the third option today ie to remain silent, it appears that the answer to the question will remain a mystery. According to a Star report, choosing the 3rd option may be Ahmad Najib's easiest and shortest process but it may also mean that he will be heading straight to the gallows.

The finale to this case will not be far away, the court has fixed 29th Oct for both the prosecution and the defence to make their submissions on a point of law. The issue is whether, once an accused elected to remain silent, the court should reconsider all the evidence before giving its decision or the court can decide straight away.

The rape charge under Section 376 of the Penal Code carries a maximum 20 years' jail and whipping while the murder charge under Section 302 carries the death sentence on conviction.



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