Drugs: Farid Kamil fined RM5,000, prison sentence waived

Drugs: Farid Kamil fined RM5,000, prison sentence waived

PUTRAJAYA: Actor and director Farid Kamil Zahari escaped jail after the Court of Appeal today imposed a fine of RM5,000 for using drugs four years ago.

A panel of three judges led by Datuk Seri Kamaludin Md Said made the decision after allowing the final appeal of Farid Kamil, 41, as the appellant to set aside the nine-month prison sentence handed down by the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court in 2019.

However, Judge Kamaludin maintained two years of supervision under the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) against the actor and ordered him to jail for six months if he failed to pay the fine.

The Remp-It 2 movie actor paid the fine.

Judge Kamaludin in a unanimous decision said the court agreed with the appellant’s lawyer that the Magistrate’s Court was not consistent in making judgments when sentencing Farid Kamil.

The judge said that there is no concrete explanation that can state that the punishment is commensurate with the offense committed at the time and there is no aggravating aspect such as no past offense or the like.

“This is because the court cases show whether to impose a prison sentence and a fine, the court depends on the facts of the case. In this case, we find the facts are clear and do not lead to too serious or heavy offences.

“Therefore, the court agreed with the arguments of the appellant’s counsel and decided that the nine-month prison sentence handed down by the Magistrate’s Court and confirmed by the High Court, is set aside and replaced with a fine of RM5,000. Two years of supervision under the AADK is maintained,” said the judge.

Also sitting were Judges Datuk Wira Ahmad Nasfy Yasin and Datuk See Mee Chun.

On 15 May 2019, the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court handed down the sentence after finding Farid Kamil guilty of using a drug known as THC, which is ’11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid’.

He was accused of committing an offense at the Narcotics Office, Petaling Jaya District Police Headquarters (IPD) at 4.30pm, 11 Jan 2018.

The sentence was upheld by the Shah Alam High Court in November 2019.

Also present in court were his wife, actress Diana Danielle and Farid Kamil’s younger brother, Fadzil.

Farid Kamil when met by reporters after paying the fine expressed his gratitude for today’s decision which is considered the best for him.

“I am happy that this case has been completed at the appeal stage and now I can focus on filming the next film called Anwar, which is currently in the final stages and will be shown in February 2023,” he said, who also thanked the line of lawyers representing him.

Farid Kamil was represented by lawyers Datuk Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Kee Wei Lon and Low Wei Loke while the prosecution was represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor Eyu Ghim Siang.

source – BERNAMA


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