KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28, 2016:

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has rejected dancer, Bilqis Hijjas’ letter of representation requesting for her charge of “insulting behaviour” to be withdrawn.

While the trial was supposedly set to start today, the Magistrate’s Court has fixed a new date on Feb 24 due to the absence of the complainant, who is also the first witness to take the stand today.

Deputy public prosecutor Joy Jothi requested for the postponement after informing Magistrate Muhammad Faizal Ismail that the complainant, Irmalinda Zaimardy, who lodged a police report over the incident was not present today.

Irmalinda was the officer-on-patrol (polis bantuan) at Pavilion shopping mall during the incident.

Defence counsel Michelle Yesudas who appeared for Bilqis, however, objected to the postponement and instead asked for a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on the grounds of unfairness to her client.

After hearing arguments from both parties, Muhammad Faizal set the new trial date on Feb 24.

Bilqis, 37, was slapped with a charge for dropping several yellow balloons from the fifth floor of Pavilion shopping mall on Aug 31 last year.

She claimed trial to the charge for “insulting behaviour” for provoking anger that may disrupt the peace under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955, which carries a maximum fine of RM100.

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