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Actor charged with taking drugs

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PETALING JAYA — Sofi Jikan, the actor whom Datuk Farid Kamil accused of spiking his drink, was charged at the magistrate’s court here yesterday with the consumption of an illicit drug.

The 48-year-old actor claimed trial to a charge under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

He is accused of ingesting tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

The offence is punishable by a two-year prison sentence, a RM5,000 fine, or both.

Sofi is said to have tested positive for the substance at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters’ narcotics office at 11.15pm on Feb 6.

Magistrate Nurul Huda Zakariah allowed bail at RM3,000 and set March 14 for case mention.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Natasha Chin Le Jy prosecuted while Haniff Hassan represented the actor.

Sofi was arrested on Feb 7 and released on police bail two days later.

In a copy of Farid’s Jan 31 police report sighted by Malay Mail, the actor-director accused Sofi and two other artistes of spiking his drink, which led to his outburst at the Kota Damansara police station on Jan 11.

Farid is facing five charges from the incident.

Police have also called in a nasyid singer named in Farid’s report to record his statement.