Cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat pleads not guilty to cross-dressing

KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial cosmetics entrepreneur Muhammad Sajjad Kamaruz Zaman, or popularly known as Nur Sajat, has claimed trial at the Shah Alam Syariah High Court to a charge involving cross-dressing.

Sajjad, 35, is accused of dressing as a female at a religious event, an act said to have brought contempt to Islam.

He is charged with committing the offence at his beauty centre Nursajat Beauticion in Jalan Serai Wangi G16/G, Section 16, Shah Alam, at 7.30pm on Feb 23,2018.

The charge under Section 10(a) of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment (Selangor) 1995 carries a fine of up to RM5,000 or imprisonment up to three years, or both, upon conviction.

In the proceedings that took place on Jan 6, Sajjad pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to him before Syarie judge Mohammad Khalid Shaee @ Shaii.

He was let out on a RM3,000 bail and the case has been fixed for mention on Feb 23.

Syarie prosecutor Atras Mohd Zain appeared for the prosecution.

On Jan 6, a video showing Sajjad in tears while being handcuffed went viral on social media.

On Jan 13, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) said in a statement that Sajjad was being investigated for allegedly insulting Islam or bringing contempt to the religion.

It said the investigation was conducted following Sajjad's behaviour as well as several complaints on him received by the department in 2018 and last year.

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