Remember 'Datin' Rozita? She Is Out On Bail After Serving Just 2 Months In Jail
Rozita Mohamad Ali, who on 29 March was sentenced to eight years in jail by the Shah Alam High Court for abusing her Indonesian maid under Section 326, was released on bail today
She was granted a stay of execution by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, 30 May, pending a review of the eight-year jail sentence by the Shah Alam High Court which overturned a lower court's 'good behaviour bond', a non-custodial sentence.
A three-man bench chaired by Court of Appeal judge Justice Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi has now allowed Rozita to be released on RM25,000 bail with two sureties.
While the bench allowed Rozita's application, it impounded her passport and ordered her to report to the Damansara Utama police station once every two weeks.
The 44-year-old has filed the application saying that the Shah Alam High Court could not summarily revise her case when the public prosecutor had filed an appeal against the sessions court ruling
According to reports, the Court of Appeal allowed Rozita's application to stay the eight-year jail sentence due to "exceptional circumstances".
Rozita pleaded guilty before a Sessions Court judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar on 15 March to an amended charge of causing grievous hurt to her Maid, Suyanti.
Judge Mokhzani then allowed her to walk free on a 'good behaviour bond' of five years with a surety of RM20,000. She was earlier charged with attempted murder.
The non-custodial sentencing of Rozita sparked a nationwide outrage. Amidst a call for a review of the judge's decision, over 70,000 Malaysians signed a petition against her.