SM Faisal, ex-wife may settle case out-of-court

KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent businessman Datuk SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin and his ex-wife Emilia Hanafi are set to discuss an out-of-court settlement for all their court cases.

Lawyer Nazri Yahya, representing Emilia, informed magistrate Nadia Othman that both parties intended to seriously settle out of court and requested the court vacate the proceeding yesterday, which involved an assault case.

“This matter has been communicated to SM Faisal’s lawyer and we will inform the court of the status of the negotiation before or on March 30,” said Nazri at the proceeding, which was also attended by deputy public prosecutor Nur Aishah Ahmad Zakiuddin.

SM Faisal’s counsel Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader confirmed the matter, saying that the negotiation will be carried out according to the proposal subject to his client’s terms.

“I request the court to record that if there is no solution, our team does not want to waste time and will continue the trial on March 30.

“I have no objection to the application to vacate the case today (yesterday),” he said.

Magistrate Nadia then set March 30 to find out the status of the negotiation, Bernama reported.

When met outside the court, Akberdin told reporters that the negotiation included their conjugal property and mutaah (a consolatory payment by a husband to his divorced wife) claims in the syariah courts.

“If there is a solution, we intend to complete all cases including the ones under the syariah courts.

“It depends on the terms and agreement of both parties.

“This case has gone on for too long, we want to end it,” he said.

SM Faisal, 43, is charged with voluntarily causing hurt to Emilia, 43, at a house in Desa Sri Hartamas, Brickfields, here, between 12.30pm and 4.30pm on Nov 22, 2015.

The charge was framed under Section 323 of the Penal Code and is punishable under Section 326A of the same code, which provides imprisonment for up to two years or a maximum fine of RM2,000 or both, if convicted.

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