An arrest warrant was issued against Arau Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim by the Kangar Sessions Court. - NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH

KANGAR: The Kangar Sessions Court today issued an arrest warrant against former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim for failing to be present in court to face charges, believed to be related to the case where an underage girl was allegedly molested by him recently.

The arrest warrant was issued by Sessions Court judge Johari Abu Hassan following Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Nordin Ismail’s application for it.

Counsel Syed Muhamad Anwar Syed Lokman Hakim, who’s representing the Arau Member of Parliament, had objected to the issuing of the arrest warrant citing that neither his client nor he had been informed about this earlier.

“I only got know about this (warrant of arrest) in court. My client is out of the country,” he said.

He added that the defence would be filing for a revocation of the arrest warrant.

“This is a high-profile case involving a politician. Shahidan is domiciled in Perlis and has not run away,” he said.

Based on the status uploaded on his Facebook, Shahidan is in the Holy Land performing the umrah.

Recently, news had gone viral that Shahidan had allegedly molested a girl who was just 15 years and 11 months old. It is alleged that the girl is from a buskers group that he sponsors.

The incident was alleged to have happened on Oct 21.

Shahidan, however, denied it and added that the police report lodged against him on this had been withdrawn.

The father of the girl had also stated that the matter had been amicably resolved and the family deemed that there was no need to blow it out of proportion.-- Bernama

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