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Friday May 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday May 24, 2013 MYT 5:35:13 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Student activist Adam Adli Abd Halim has pleaded not guilty in a Sessions Court to a charge of uttering seditious words at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.
Adam Adli, 24, is alleged to have given a seditious speech which could incite Malaysians to change the Government in an illegal manner.
When police brought Adam Adli to the dock at 10am, the student shook hands with a supporter and listened calmly to the court proceedings.
He is accused of committing the offence between 8.55pm and 11.15pm on May 13.
Adam Adli, who has been suspended from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), can be fined up to RM5,000 or jailed up to three years or both under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948.
A group of people who had gathered at the court to support Adam Adli continuously knocked on the door of the Sessions Court while the proceedings were taking place.
DPP Mohd Abazafree Mohd Abbas asked the court to set Adam Adli’s bail at RM5,000, saying that the charge was serious.
His lawyer Datuk S. Ambiga objected and asked the court to release him on a personal bond. saying that it was a frivolous case and smacked of selective prosecution and an abuse of the criminal justice system.
She said Adam Adli had also been remanded for five days which was completely unnecessary.
His co-counsel N. Surendran said Adam Adli was expected to continue with his studies at UPSI in September, adding that it was not an act of violence and that his client did not resist arrest when he was detained in Bangsar.
He said they would file an application at the High Court to strike out the charge, saying that it was baseless.
Judge Norsharidah set bail at RM5,000, saying the submissions by the defence was premature and that the bail was to ensure his attendance for trial which has been set for mention on July 2.
His pensioner father Abd Halim Abd Hamid posted bail later.
Upon his release, Adam Adli said the police treated him well during the remand and there was no reason for him to stop his struggle.
Earlier, security was tight after about 100 people gathered at the court complex here in a show of support for Adam Adli.
More than 50 policemen were positioned in various parts of the court to control the crowd.
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