KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Major Zaidi Ahmad, the air force pilot who publicly complained about the inefficacy of the indelible ink used in Election 2013, will face a hearing on November 5 for two out of seven of his court-martial charges, a Military Court ruled today.
According to the court, the prosecution had succeeded in proving a prima facie case for two of the five charges — for publishing an article without consent of the Defence Ministry, and revealing the contents of official documents on the ink without authorisation from the Malaysian Armed Forces Council.
The offences were committed at the compound of the Kepala Batas police headquarters on May 1 last year, and Taman Bertam Indah, Kepala Batas on May 3 respectively.
Zaidi chose to deliver a sworn statement during his hearing.
He was represented by lawyer Nasar Khan Miras Khan today, with lead counsel Hanipa Maidin absent due to his appearance in Parliament as PAS MP.
The prosecution was represented by prosecution officer Capt Rose Anuar Aripin.
Zaidi, who as a military officer on duty had qualified to vote ahead of the public in the general elections last year, had lodged a police report claiming that the indelible ink used had come off easily when he washed his hands after casting his ballot.
Zaidi's action led to his court-martial on seven charges in February, on four counts of allegedly violating the Malaysian Armed Forces Council standing orders and three other charges for making a media statement without authorisation and sending two text messages that were political in nature.
Rights groups claimed the charges were politically motivated.
In April, the military court threw out five of the seven charges against Zaidi.
The two remaining against the major are for sending text messages that were political in nature.
The prosecution subsequently amended the five charges, initially under Section 50 (2) to Section 51 of the Armed Forces Act 1972.