The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the prison sentence of a youth found guilty of killing 23 people in a fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre in 2017. A three-judge panel chaired by Justice Datuk Abu Bakar Jais who sat together with Justices Datuk Che Mohd Ruzima Ghazali and Datuk See Mee Chun made both decisions unanimously on Monday.
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On Aug 17, 2020, the first teenager, now 22, was convicted by the High Court for the murders and ordered to be detained at the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The courts also upheld the acquittal of another youth charged in the same incident. Justice Che Mohd Ruzima, in reading the judgment, said the High Court’s decision must be upheld as it did not err in its decision to convict and sentence the accused.