A preacher known as “Ustaz Budak” was charged in the Kota Baru magistrates’ court today with committing gross indecency with a man at a hotel.
Syamsul Zaman Sukri, 32, claimed trial to the charge before Magistrate Mohd Ibrahim Mohammad Ghulam.
The preacher, who runs a madrasah in Machang, was charged with committing the offence on the 30-year-old man at a hotel at 1.15am last December 16.
The charge, under Section 377D of the Penal Code, carries a maximum two years’ jail.
The court allowed him bail of RM3,000 with one surety and set January 21 for mention.
Syamsul’s family posted the bail.
Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Shahril Ramli prosecuted, while Siti Atikah Abd Halim represented the accused.