Court strikes out prosecution\u2019s appeal in actor Farid Kamil\u2019s case

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Following today’s decision by the appeals court, the RM5,000 fine imposed on Farid Kamil Zahari by the High Court for using criminal force against a constable to deter the policeman from discharging his duty, remains. – Instagram pic, July 8, 2022.

THE Court of Appeal today struck out the prosecution’s appeal against a High Court’s decision in substituting a13-month jail sentence imposed on actor cum director Farid Kamil Zahari for using criminal force against a policeman with a fine of RM5,000.

The prosecution filed appeal in a bid to reinstate the custodial sentence meted out on Farid by a magistrate’s court in Petaling Jaya.

Deputy public prosecutor Eyu Ghim Siang, appearing for the prosecution, also applied for extension of time for him to rectify the notice of appeal, which did not contain the signature of the head of the appellate and trial unit in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, saying that it was an “oversight” by the prosecution.

However, it was also dismissed by the three-member panel of the Court of Appeal led by judge Hanipah Farikullah, saying the court deputy registrar had on three different occasions indicated to the prosecution about the defect in the notice of appeal.

Hanipah, who presided with judges Ahmad Nasfy Yasin and M. Gunalan, subsequently struck out the appeal.




Earlier, Farid’s lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, objected to the prosecution’s application, saying the deputy registrar had informed the prosecution three times about the defect in the notice of appeal, but they only filed the application for extension of time in May, which is a delay of five months.

Hisyam, assisted by co-counsel Kee Wei Lon, urged the court to strike out the prosecution’s appeal as it was not proper.

Following today’s decision, the RM5,000 fine imposed on Farid by the High Court for using criminal force against constable Muhammad Nizam Jamaluddin to deter the policeman from discharging his duty, remains.

Farid was found guilty by the magistrate’s court on June 2, 2020 for using criminal force against the policeman and another charge of uttering improper words against the same policeman at the Kota Damansara traffic police station inquiry counter at 1.20pm on January 11, 2018.

He was sentenced to 13 months’ jail for the charge of using criminal force and four months’ jail for uttering improper words. He was ordered to serve the sentences concurrently.

However, following the actor’s appeal, the Shah Alam High Court, on August 24 last year replaced the 13-month jail term with a fine of RM5,000, while the four-month jail sentence was substituted with a fine of RM500.

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