PETALING JAYA, Jan 16 — Datuk Farid Kamil Zahari pleaded not guilty today to four charges at the magistrates court here, which stem from an incident last Thursday when he allegedly slapped a policeman and kicked another person.
Farid, 37, claimed trial to all four charges when they were read out to him before magistrate Nor Ariffin Hisham.
He was charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code with assaulting police constable Mohamad Nizam Jamaluddin and civilian Ashraf Ahmad, which is punishable by jail term of up to a year, a maximum fine of RM2,000, or both upon conviction.
The actor and director was also charged with obstructing the police in the execution of their duties, which is punishable under Section 353 of the same law.
Prosecutors further proffered an additional charge for disorderly conduct under Section 90 of the Police Act, which attracts a maximum sentence of six months’ imprisonment, a fine, or a combination of the two upon conviction.
The actor was then granted bail at RM12,000 for all four charges.
Deputy public prosecutor Fazeedah Faik earlier sought for bail to be set at RM20,000, but Farid's lawyer Athari Bahardin asked for this to be lowered as the actor needed to support two children and his elderly parents.
Farid is accused of committing the offences at the Kota Damansara police station at 1.20pm on January 11.
The actor arrived at the Petaling Jaya Court Complex at 10.57am in handcuffs and wearing a grey shirt.
His wife and fellow actor, Diana Danielle, was present in court today, as was Farid's younger sibling, Fadzil Zahari.
Magistrate Nor Ariffin later set March 5 for case mention.