The Cyber Court, where the case was heard, played the video, in which he claimed he was with the victim when he was shot. He said in the video he had made countless calls to the police who only arrived at the scene 50 minutes later, while an ambulance came an hour later.

Malaysian police have denied Salah’s claims. National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said a day after the shooting that their records showed a distress call was received at 6.41am and a patrol car arrived at the scene eight minutes later.

Salah was accused of committing the offence between 6.50am and 9am on April 21 in Setapak, where Palestinian engineering lecturer Mr al-Batsh was shot dead by two assailants on a motorcycle.