A MAGISTRATE’S court in Kuala Lumpur today warned Emilia Hanafi, the former wife of SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin Kamal, not to use medical certificates as a “ticket” to be absent in court for the trial involving the well-known businessman who is alleged to have injured her.
Magistrate Nadia Othman also quashed the arrest warrant issued against Emilia, 43, after she was satisfied with the woman’s explanation on her failure to appear in court several times for the trial.
“I would like to warn the complainant (Emilia) to be present in the next court proceedings and follow the procedures,” she said during mention of the case.
“Medical certificates are not a ticket to not appear in court. If necessary, as I asked Puan Emilia earlier, submit a medical report to confirm your condition and as proof for your absence. The trial will continue on July 15.”
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Nur Aishah Ahmad Zakiuddin applied to the court to revoke the arrest warrant against Emilia issued on June 15 based on the explanation given by her.
Emilia, who testified from the witness stand, said she was absent on December 14 and 15 last year, February 28, March 4, April 20, May 20 and June 15 this year due to her medical condition besides feeling stressed after an arrest warrant was issued against her by the syariah court in an unrelated case.,
“I suffered from abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea and was given a medical certificate by a health clinic in Kelana Jaya on December 14. The following day, I obtained a medical certificate from the Kota Damansara health clinic for the same health problem,” she said.
“On February 28, I was down with fever and went to a nearby clinic for a check-up while on March 4, I came in close contact with a Covid-19 case.”
Emilia said on April 20, she suffered from a dental problem before seeking treatment at a clinic at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in Shah Alam, Selangor.
“On May 20, I decided to get a second opinion from the Tanglin health clinic. But I opted for treatment in Shah Alam due to its better service and went to the Shah Alam UTC on June 15,” she said.
Nadia said she was satisfied with Emilia’s explanation before reminding all parties, including the accused, to appear in court for the smooth running of the case.
“I don’t want this case to be postponed. According to my records, it has been set for mention 38 times. It is your case, the court is ready, so you have to be present. I don’t want to hear lame excuses after this,” she said.
SM Faisal was charged with intentionally causing injury to Emilia at a house in Desa Sri Hartamas, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur between 12.30pm and 4.30pm.