KLIA shooter who injured bodyguard charged with attempted murder and voluntarily causing injury, denied bail

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

SEPANG, April 25 — Hafizul Harawi, the 38-year-old man who opened fire at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), targeting his wife and injuring her bodyguard, was charged with attempted murder and voluntarily causing grievous injury, at the Sepang Sessions Court today.

He was charged under Section 307 and Section 326 of the Penal Code, and pleaded not guilty to both.

Section 307 stipulates a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment or a maximum of 20 if a victim was hurt, and a fine upon conviction. Section 326 carries a punishment of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine, or whipping upon conviction.

Hafizul, who also faces seven additional charges at the Kota Baru Sessions Court under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, Section 8(a) of the Arms Act 1960, Section 108 (3) (f) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and National Registration Regulations 1990, was denied bail.

Selangor Prosecution Director Ku Hayati Ku Haron, who led the prosecution, argued for bail to be denied as Hafizul had tried to shoot his wife and has demonstrated himself to be a flight risk.

She said that after Hafizul was arrested in Kota Baru, police investigators learned that he had been planning to sneak across the border with Thailand in Kelantan.

“Therefore, we request that bail is not granted," Ku Hayati said.

Earlier, Hafizul’s lead counsel, Muhammad Naim Mahmud, had argued for his client to be allowed bail on the grounds that he was responsible for his elderly parents and seven young children.

"Aside from that, your honour, at the time of arrest and also during media coverage at the Kota Baru Sessions Court, the accused had also mentioned that he still loves his wife," the lawyer said, adding that Hafizul also did not injure his wife in the shooting incident.

Naim said that the defence was ready to accept additional conditions for bail, even stringent ones.

Azrol still denied bail, however, and set June 11 for case mention.