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Man Freed Of Charge Of Impersonating Kedah Royalty Member

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GEORGE TOWN: A man who was charged with impersonating a Kedah royalty member was acquitted and discharged by a magistrate’s court here without his defence being called.

Magistrate Sri Pracha Nanthini Balabedha ruled that the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against Roshidi Fadzil, 49, adding that it could not prove that Roshidi cheated complainant, Ooi Ten Seng.

“The prosecution also failed to call the complainant, Ooi, to testify in court. Ooi was a material witness in this case,” she added.

Roshidi, 49, was charged with cheating Ooi, 39, by posing as a member of a royal family with the title ‘Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Putera Roshidi Tunku Hj Fadzil’ at the banquet hall of a hotel in Penang Road at 4.15pm on Oct 23, 2012.

The offence under Section 419 of the Penal Code for cheating by impersonation carries a jail term of up to seven years, a fine or both.

On Feb 10, Roshidi was fined RM2,000 after he admitted to another charge of using a symbol of Pertubuhan Amal Kebajikan Islamiah Malaysia (Pakim Diraja/Serampang Tiga) which has not been approved by the Registrar of Societies at the same time and place.

Outside the courtroom, Roshidi, who was surrounded by family members, told reporters, “Saya bukan menyamar (I did not impersonate).”

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