PETALING JAYA (Bernama): The magistrate's court here has issued a warrant of arrest for film director and actor Datuk Farid Kamil Zahari for failing to be present at the fourth day of his drug trial on Friday (Jan 11).
Magistrate Nor Ariffin Hisham issued the warrant following an application by deputy public prosecutor Alia Sumayyah Amran after the 38-year-old actor and his bailor failed to present themselves at the trial without submitting any medical certificate or reasonable excuse for their absence.
Meanwhile, Farid Kamil's lawyer Megat Syazlee Mokhtarom told reporters that his client could not come as he was currently filming in Johor Bahru.
"I have informed Farid Kamil (about today's trial) yesterday, but he said he could would not be able to be present as he was filming in Johor.
"I explained to the court that my client's absence was unintentional as he was confused with the many dates set for his case," said Megat Syazlee.
On Jan 25, 2018, Farid pleaded not guilty to using '11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid' (THC, the main psychoactive component in ganja) at the Petaling Jaya District Narcotics Office at 4.30 pm on Jan 11.
The charge under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 15 and Section 38B of the same Act, carries a maximum fine of RM5,000 or up to two years' jail, or both, on conviction.
On Jan 16, Farid also claimed trial to two charges of voluntarily causing hurt, disorderly conduct and obstructing a public servant from carrying out his duty at the Information Counter, Kota Damansara Traffic Police Station in Petaling on Jan 11. – Bernama