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Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 6:53:55 AM
by qishin tariq
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has rejected an application by sex blogger couple Alvivi to stay their trial at the lower court.
Justice Kamardin Hashim dismissed Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee May Ling’s application yesterday, concurring with the prosecution that allowing the case to continue would not result in irreparable prejudice.
“The burden is on the applicants to give grounds for a stay of proceedings. The court finds the reasons given to be inadequate and baseless,” he said.
On Nov 21, Justice Kamardin dismissed Tan and Lee’s bid to strike out the charge of causing religious disharmony via a controversial Ramadan bak kut teh greeting on Facebook.
Tan and Lee had applied for the stay pending the disposal of their appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of their earlier application to have one of their charges dismissed on the ground that it was unconstitutional.
The trial will thus continue at the Sessions Court here on Jan 8.
DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin contended yesterday that a notice of appeal being filed did not amount to exceptional or special circumstance to postpone the trial.
Tan, 25, and Lee, 24, had claimed trial on July 18 in the Sessions Court to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and Penal Code.
They were jointly charged with uploading content which could stir religious hostility.
They were also charged with publishing a photograph with the comment Selamat Berbuka Puasa (dengan bak kut teh... wangi, enak, menyelerakan) which contained a halal logo and possibly seditious statements, and for displaying pornographic images on their blog.
The duo’s postings last July 11 had caused an uproar among Malaysians of all races for their insensitivity.
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