Boy Iman and three other individuals pleaded not guilty to tricking a vendor into renting a business site at the cancelled event.
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Actor turned entrepreneur Boy Iman and three other individuals have pleaded not guilty at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court today in relation to cheating charges regarding the organization of the Hoorrey X Fest Raya shopping event last week.
Harian Metro reported that Boy Iman aka Noruliman A Rahman, 43, Norazah Sahud, 51, Norzana Rapie, 51, and Nor Azmi Jantan, 49, were accused of tricking Siti Wardina Basir, 21, into renting a business site at the festival and encouraged her to hand over RM1,500.
The deed allegedly took place at WTCKL around 2.34am on 19 April.
The suspects are charged under Section 420 and Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term between 1 to 10 years, caning, and a fine.
Deputy public prosecutor Nor Aisyah Mohamed Zanyuin set RM5,000 bail for each of the accused.
However, all four accused asked for a lower bail because they have other commitments. The bail was then lowered to RM3,000 with one surety and the additional condition that they hand over their passports to the court until the case concludes.
The case mention is set on 13 June.
Hoorrey X Fest Raya 2023 was supposed to be held at WTCKL from 18 April to 20 April after some date changes.
However, the event was ultimately called off at the last minute a day before the event (17 April) due to several issues.
The CEO of the event, Datuk Mohd Alif Hakim, said in a press conference that the event was cancelled because the main sponsor withdrew from the event and thus, did not pay to use the location for the event.
The cancellation of the event affected around 250 vendors who looked forward to making a big sale before Raya. The vendors suffered losses because they couldn’t move their stock and had to pay workers’ wages too.