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I only read the headings, witness tells Major Zaidi’s court martial

Major Zaidi Ahmad pleaded not guilty to four counts of violating the Malaysian Armed Forces Council's orders on the use of indelible ink last year. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 2, 2014.Major Zaidi Ahmad pleaded not guilty to four counts of violating the Malaysian Armed Forces Council's orders on the use of indelible ink last year. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 2, 2014.A military officer tasked with keeping and maintaining a copy of the standing orders for his unit told the military court today that he had not read the entire orders despite being told to read and understand it.

"I only read the headings," said Captain Raja Zulmaulana Raja Hassan as he was cross-examined by counsel Mohamed Hanipa Maidin during Major Zaidi Ahmad's trial at Sungai Besi Airbase today.

Zaidi, 45, a Royal Malaysian Airforce officer, pleaded not guilty to four counts of violating the Malaysian Armed Forces Council's orders on the use of indelible ink last year.

The officer, from the RMAF base in Butterworth, also pleaded not guilty to three other charges, namely for making a media statement without the authorisation of the Defence Ministry and sending two SMSes which were political in nature.

Hanipa also called Raja Zulmaulana someone who did not set a good example as a military man for failing to read the orders in full despite being in charge of dispersing and safekeeping the standing orders at the Butterworth airbase. – September 2, 2014.

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