Petaling Jaya - The Datin who went missing after being found guilty of causing grievous hurt to her maid has been blacklisted from leaving the country.
This was revealed by Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali. He said that the department had received a court order for Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali to be blacklisted.
"We are also checking whether she has attempted to leave the country," he said when contacted on Thursday (March 22). On Wednesday (March 21), the High Court was told by Selangor prosecution director Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad that Rozita and her bailor - a Royal Malaysian Air Force official - could not be contacted.
DPP Muhammad Iskandar said that they went to Rozita's house in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, her family's home in Melaka and the bailor's home to serve the notice for them to appear in court, but no one was around.
He said attempts to serve the notice on Rozita and the bailor were made right until Tuesday (March 20) night.
On March 15, Rozita, 44, was bound over for five years on a good behaviour bond of RM20,000 for causing grievous hurt to her maid Suyanti Sutrinso, 21.
Rozita was charged with using, among others, a kitchen knife, a steel mop and an umbrella, to attack Suyanti at a house in Mutiara Damansara on June 21, 2016.
The maid suffered multiple injuries to her eyes, both her legs, her hands and internal organs. She also had a broken scapula, injuries to her right lung, a blood clot near her brain and a fracture to her cheek.
Rozita was initially charged with attempted murder. She was later charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
Judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar meted out the sentence against Rozita after she pleaded guilty to the amended charge.
The case was covered by the international media and a video on it went viral on social media.
Deputy Public Prosecutor, VV Suloshani, who prosecuted, had said the case affected the country's image and the good relations between Indonesia and Malaysia.
As of March 22, some 70,000 people have signed an online petition (https://www.change.org/p/dato-equal-justice) calling for justice to be served equally to the rich and poor.