1 Oct – Saiful Apek, whose real name is Mohd Saifulazam bin Mohamed Yusoff, and three of his production company's employees were found not guilty by the Magistrate court of their charges for using marijuana three years ago in what was their second prosecuted offence.
The decision was made by Magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abd Wahid after the defence had succeeded in raising reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case against Saiful Apek, 44, Shaiful Baharom, 26, Shah Zainatull Eshan Al Muazam Shah Yahya, 30, and Noremy Mohamad, 30.
On 25 June last year, Magistrate Court freed the four accused after the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case. However, on 22 May, the Shah Alam High Court allowed the appeal, and if found guilty, they could be charged under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 15 (1) of the same Act, which carries a maximum jail term of two years or a fine of RM 5,000 if convicted.
At the start of the defence proceedings, Saiful Apek chose to testify from the dock (where the accused sits or stands during trial), thus denying the prosecution the right to cross-examine his testimony. His testimony was nine pages thick, which consisted of the "Cicak-Man" actor denying that the urine specimen taken police following his arrest was his.
"I believe that was wrongly persecuted by parties who are jealous of my career as an artist," he said.
Other than Saiful Apek, two other accused, Shah Zainatull Eshan and Noremy Mohamad also choose to testify from the dock. When met by the media outside of the court, Saiful Apek expressed gratitude about not being found guilty of the charges.
"I am grateful to my defence counsel Mohd Fadly Hashim and Zamri Idrus who have helped me a lot," he said.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Ishrakh Saad told the media waiting outside the court that the prosecution will file an appeal against the decision in the near future.