Azri of Akademi Fantasia fame charged with child abuse

azri-afPETALING JAYA: Former reality show “Akademi Fantasia” contestant, Mohammad Azri Abdullah, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to a charge of abusing his stepdaughter.

The charge was read out to him before judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar.

Azri, 30, who is married to fifth season “Mentor” champion Salma Andi-Asis, was charged with committing the offence on the girl, now aged 10, by dipping her hands in hot water at an apartment at Section 9, Subang Jaya here, at 8am on May 5, last year.

The charge, under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, provides imprisonment for up to 20 years, or fine, or both, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor V V Suloshani offered bail at RM15,000 with one surety, but lawyer Fahmi Abd Moin, representing Azri, said his client was the family’s sole breadwinner and had three children and a mother to take care of.

The court then set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and fixed May 15 for mention.

Azri married Salma on Jan 31 last year. The couple have a child from the marriage.