Crime & Courts

Muay Thai Association president charged with criminal intimidation, assault

KOTA BARU: The Malaysia Muay Thai association president with the title 'Datuk' was charged in the magistrate's court here today with two charges of criminal intimidation and assault against a man.

Datuk Mohd Fared Abdul Ghani, 56, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges before Judge Ahmad Syafiq Aizat Nazri.

He was accused of threatening to kill his acquaintance Mohd Alhafis Mohamed, 40, with a knife, intending to instill him with fear in front of a restaurant at Wisma Gemilang, Kampung Langgar, here on Jan 6 this year.

Mohd Fared was charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment, or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

He was also charged with intentionally causing injury to Mohd Alhafis at the same place and date. For this offence, he was charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by up to one-year imprisonment, or a maximum fine of RM2,000, or both, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Aiman Syahmi Yazid proposed the court to set bail at RM10,000 for both charges with the additional condition that the accused refrain from intimidating the victim and witnesses.

Messrs Azahir Surainie & Azizan Ariff asked for a lesser bail on the grounds that their client was a father of four school-going children and that he is currently undergoing treatment for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Ahmad Syafiq later set bail at RM5,000 with one surety for both charges and allowed the additional conditions as requested by the prosecution. He fixed May 15 for mention.

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