Last month, The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) arrested a Korean priest suspected of molesting several disabled men in Penang.
The deaf and mute Korean pastor was charged with two counts of molesting two men, at the magistrates court today (18 December).
Photo via Malay Mail
The charges against Jee Jon-hoon were not read out to him in court due to his disabilities.
According to the Malay Mail, his counsel, G.Shanmugam, requested that Butterworth court appoint an international sign language interpreter as Jee could not understand Malaysian sign language.
No plea was recorded as a result.
Magistrate M. Kalaiarasi set January 18 for the charges to be interpreted to Jee by an international sign language interpreter.
She also allowed the 54-year-old pastor bail of RM5,000 in two sureties for each charge.
Photo via Free Malaysia Today
He was charged with using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a 28-year-old man seven years ago at the former’s apartment in Kampung Paya, Butterworth.
The pastor allegedly committed the offence by groping the victim’s private parts, hugging and kissing him at about 12:20 am in October 2013.
In the second charge, Jee allegedly used criminal force in molesting a 27-year-old man by groping the victim’s body and kissing him at his apartment.
He allegedly committed the offence between 11 pm and 1 am in July 2017.
Both charges were proffered under Section 354 of the Penal Code for using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a person and were each punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine, whipping, or any two combinations upon conviction.
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat