Aug 22 mention for Siti Nurhaliza's case

PENANG: The magistrate's court here today fixed Aug 22 for mention of the case against a college lecturer charged with three counts of defaming singer Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin via e-mails in August last year.  

Magistrate Priscilla H.N. Rajan fixed the date after defence counsel Md Yunos Shariff, who is representing Ahmad Shaharil Jamaludin, informed the court that he had yet to receive the decision from the Attorney-General's Chambers to review the charges.  

Md Yunos said that while waiting for the decision on the application for representation sent on May 5, he would also submit a follow-up representation to the Attorney-General's Chambers in Putrajaya.  

The representation was submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers to apply for a review by the prosecution of all the three amended charges against Ahmad Shaharil.  

Ahmad Shaharil's case should have been heard on May 9 with the prosecution calling 35 witnesses, including Siti Nurhaliza, but it was postponed for re-mention after the defence submitted the representation.  

Ahmad Shaharil, 36, faces three amended charges of defaming Siti Nurhaliza, 26, via e-mail to three entertainment journalists in August last year, with intention to tarnish the singer's reputation.  

Ahmad Shaharil is accused of defaming Siti Nurhaliza via e-mail which he received from singer Datuk Sharifah Aini Syed Jaafar with the intenton of tarnishing Siti Nuraliza's image by sending the slanderous e-mail to Utusan Malaysia's reporter Ku Seman Ku Hussain.  

Ahmad Shaharil, who is also president of the Sharifah Aini Fan Club, is accused of committing the offence at No 17, Jalan Ismail Cik Mat, here, at about 3.01am, on Aug 16.  

On the second charge, Ahmad Shaharil is accused of sending another slanderous e-mail received from Sharifah Aini with a similar intention to Harian Metro reporter Abdullah Mamat, at Kolej Komuniti Bayan Baru, Sekolah Menengah Teknik (SM) Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Jalan Ibbetson, here, at about 11.46pm, on Aug 22 last year.  

He is also accused of sending another e-mail received from Sharifah Aini with the same intenton to New Straits Times (NST) reporter Faridul Anwar Farinordin, at about 5.25pm on Aug 24, last year at the same college.  

He is charged on the three counts under Section 500 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of two years or a fine or both, upon conviction.