Siti Nurhaliza’s Defamation Case Against Lecturer In July

PENANG, Jan 16 (Bernama) — The Magistrate Court here Monday fixed July 17 to July 19 for the case against a college lecturer for allegedly defaming singer Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin through e-mails in August 2004.

Magistrate M. Rajalingam made the decision after Deputy Public Prosecutor Suhaimi Ibrahim applied for a new date for the case against Ahmad Shaharil Jamaludin, 37, who faces three amended charges of defaming Siti Nurhaliza, 27, through e-mails sent to three entertainment journalists in August 2004.

Ahmad Shaharil who was first brought to the court on Dec 1 2004, pleaded not guilty to three charges, and appeared calm when Rajalingam allowed the RM5,000 bail with one surety for all the charges, be extended.

Ahmad Shaharil who is the adopted brother of veteran singer Datuk Sharifah Aini Syed Jaafar, pleaded not guilty to defaming Siti Nurhaliza through e-mails he received from Sharifah Aini at her house at No 42, Lorong Utara, Off Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya, to Utusan Malaysia journalist Ku Seman Ku Hussain.

Ahmad Shaharil, who is also president of Sharifah Aini’s Fan Club was alleged to have committed the offence at No 17, Jalan Ismail Cik Mat, here, about 3.01 am on Aug 16.

The e-mail from an anonymous sender called ‘Asmah & The Gang”, among others contained defamatory words aimed at tarnishing Siti Nurhaliza’s career and family.

On the second charge, Ahmad Shaharil was accused of sending similar e-mails which he received from Sharifah Aini, to Harian Metro journalist Abdullah Mamat at the Kolej Komuniti Bayan Baru, Sekolah Menengah Teknik (SM) Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Jalan Ibbetson, here, at about 11.46 pm on Aug 22.

He was also alleged to have sent e-mails containing defamatory words against Siti Nurhaliza which he received from Sharifah Aini to New Straits Times (NST) journalist Faridul Anwar Farinordin, at about 5.25 pm on Aug 24 at the same college.

Ahmad Shaharil is charged under Section 500 of the Penal Code which is liable to two years’ jail or fine or both.

Ahmad Shaharil was represented by Md Yunos Shariff, while Sharifah Aini’s lawyer, M. Kirubanandan was present as observer.