Former Amanah assemblyman Faiz Fadzil gets discharge not amounting to acquittal over alleged sexual assault

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — Former Parti Amanah Negara assemblyman Muhammad Faiz Fadzil was today granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) by the Sessions Court over the offence of alleged sexual assault against a woman three years ago.

A check on the court e-Filing system showed that Faiz’s case before Shah Alam Magistrate Mohamad Suffian Jaafar earlier today has been disposed of during case management.

When contacted by reporters, lawyer Abdul Aziz Hamzah who is representing Faiz said the DNAA follows the submission of a representation bid to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) on August 17.

Abdul Aziz said the representation, which the AGC accepted and subsequently decide to have the charge against his client withdrawn, was based purely on facts.

A DNAA means an accused person can face trial for the same charges in the future if the prosecution decides to reinstate them.

At present, Faiz is the chairman of the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM).

He contested in the recent state election of Penang last month under the Permatang Pasir seat but lost to Perikatan Nasional’s Amir Hamzah.

Faiz was previously charged on June 9, 2021 under the Penal Code’s Section 354 for allegedly assaulting or using of criminal force to a person with intent to outrage the their modesty.

The charge against him was in relation to his alleged use of criminal force with intention to outrage the modesty of a woman aged 31 on March 8, 2021 between 9.45pm and 11.30pm, while both of them were in a car moving from Sunway Pyramid shopping mall to Subang Jaya in Selangor.