KUALA LUMPUR: The magistrates’ court here today discharged and acquitted actor Sharnaaz Ahmad of a charge of causing hurt to a security guard at a condominium block last year.
Magistrate Atiqah Mohamed @ Saim made the ruling after listening to arguments from Sharnaaz’s lawyer, Wan Azmir Wan Majid, and deputy public prosecutor Nadia Eleena Jamaluddin Akbal.
“After hearing the submissions from both sides, the court is satisfied and orders that the accused be discharged and acquitted of the charge and that the security deposit (RM2,000) be returned,” Atiqah said.
Sharnaaz, whose real name is Sharnaaz Ahmad Bazir Ahmad, looked calm throughout the proceedings.
Earlier, Wan Azmir said representations had been made to the prosecution on May 2 and the defence received a reply that the prosecution wanted to withdraw the charge against the 38-year-old actor.
Nadia, who confirmed the matter, said she received instructions from the Attorney-General’s Chambers for the case to be granted a discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA).
However, Wan Azmir said he had requested that his client be given a discharge and acquittal because the complainant himself had withdrawn the case.
“A police report was lodged by the complainant over the withdrawal of the case. Therefore, I request that a discharge and acquittal be granted to Sharnaaz,” the defence lawyer said said.
On Jan 18, Sharnaaz pleaded not guilty to voluntarily causing injury to Izzul Islam Awang, 27, at the entrance of a condominium block at Jalan Dutamas here at 8.30pm on June 16, 2022.
The “Bukan Kerana Aku Tak Cinta” drama series actor was charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code, which provides for a prison sentence of up to one year or a maximum fine of RM2,000 or both, if convicted.
Sharnaaz told reporters later he was thankful and happy with the decision.
“Even though it took a long time, I am grateful and relieved because I am finally free,” he said adding that it was important to clear his reputation for the sake of his acting career.