Today is the trial of Numpang Suntai-the Iban defender of NCR land in Sebangan. The trial ended around 5.30pm with dates set for final submission on Mar 3rd and judgement on Mar 10th, 10.00am. The trial is sort of a trigi-comedy: an illegal logging operation in Sebangan cried intimidation by the Iban land owners after they were asked repeatedly to leave the land. The government prosecutor charged the defenders’ leader for `criminal intimidation’ while the judge insisted that the issue of logging license raised by the defense lawyer is `irrelevant’!
The trial ended around 5.30pm with the judge setting the following dates:
Mar 3rd-submission to the judge;
Mar 10, 10.00am: judgement day!
At the previous night a large crowd turned up at Rh Ajan Sg Raya for a UNDRIP forum addressed by Edmund Bon from MyConstitution Campaigh, Dato Ambiga of Bersih 2, speaker from JOAS, TAHABAS and PKR. If not for the heavy downpour attendants could go over 1000.
At the hearing today a crowd of 100 supporters hang around the Simunjan police station to show moral support to Numpang Suntai, despite a brief rain.