The trial for the main suspect in the Bill Kayong murder, Datuk Stephen Lee, will be heard in the High Court.
However, the date has not been fixed, after Magistrate Zuraini Ali Musa allowed an application from deputy public prosecutor, Noor Fazilah Ishak, yesterday.
Zuraini allowed the prosecution’s request under Section 177A(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code to transfer the case to the High Court.
Lee is charged with abettment – an offence punishable under Section 109 read together with Section 302 of the Penal Code – for murder.
The court room was packed with Bill Kayong’s family and members of Sarawak Dayak Association (Pedas), who all appeared calm as Lee made his appearance.
Earlier, Pedas members staged a peaceful demonstration outside the court, demanding justice for Bill’s murder.
Lee was brought to the court by police personnel, arriving at 8.45am, clean-shaven and clad in a black jacket – very much different than how he looked when he first arrived at Miri Airport on Dec 14.
Coincidently, Dec 14 was the birthday of his father.
Lee was then seen led out of the court compound at noon, clutching a holy Bible in his right hand.
He was spotted several times holding the Bible to his face, to avoid a group of local media personnel who have been waiting for more than two hours, from taking his photo while he was being led into a police vehicle.
Abun Sui, Bill Kayong family counsel who acted as an observer and Lee’s counsel, David Kuok, were also present.
Lee was arrested on Dec 13 after eluding capture by fleeing to Australia and then China, where he was eventually caught by the authorities.
Lee, a businessman, was on the run for six months before he was caught.
Bill Kayong was gunned down at a traffic light junction in Kuala Baram on June 21.
Lee went overseas days after the shooting and police and Interpool have been hunting for him since he left the country.
Bill Kayong, the Miri PKR secretary, was actively involved in fighting for native land rights in the state.
Source : Margaret Ringgit @ The Borneo Post Online