March 11, 2012 by staff
Shoe-throwing Imam, The Federal Court today sentenced the imam who threw his shoes at three senior judges in the same court last month to a year in jail for contempt of court.
The same three judges ruled that “the act of contempt was very serious” and “if no action is taken, can threaten the powers of the court.”
They had earlier allowed a sobbing Hoslan Hussin to appeal for a lighter sentence after finding him guilty of contempt.
Hoslan, 46, who said “he was confused” about why he was being tried in the civil instead of syariah court, appointed DAP chief Karpal Singh to mitigate on his behalf.
Zulkefli led the three-man Bench.“I am confused. Everything is confusing. As an imam I help people to do good things,” said Hoslan, who arrived in socks and no shoes.
“Because of politicians in this religion, they drag an imam all over the place,” he said before bursting into tears.
Karpal then asked for sentencing to be held on another day so he could prepare a plea in mitigation but the court only allowed him half an hour.
The desperate Hoslan then exited the court room and got on his knees to pray.
But his prayers appear to be in vain as they did not stop the apex court from sending him to jail.
Hoslan had flung his shoes at the Federal Court Bench on February 22 after it struck out his bid to challenge an eviction order from a city mosque here four years ago.
He stunned the judges, lawyers and members of the public that packed a courtroom at the Federal Court when he stood up, took off both his shoes and lobbed the pair right at the Bench.
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