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Published: Friday February 21, 2014 MYT 10:39:00 AM
Updated: Friday February 21, 2014 MYT 3:38:04 PM

Karpal found guilty of sedition for questioning Perak Sultan

Karpal arriving at the High Court on Friday

Karpal arriving at the High Court on Friday

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has found lawyer and DAP national chairman Karpal Singh guilty of sedition for questioning the removal of Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as Perak mentri besar by the Sultan of Perak.

Justice Azman Abdullah handed down the decision Friday after finding that Karpal had failed to prove reasonable doubt against his case.

The court later fixed March 7 for sentencing and mitigation.

Karpal was charged with uttering seditious words against the Sultan of Perak at his legal firm in Jalan Pudu Lama in Kuala Lumpur, between noon and 12.30pm on Feb 6, 2009.

He was alleged to have said that the removal of Mohammad Nizar as mentri besar by the Sultan could be questioned in a court of law.

The charge under section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act carries a maximum RM5,000 fine or three years' jail, or both on conviction.

On June 11, 2010, the High Court had acquitted Karpal without calling for his defence but the decision was reversed by the Court of Appeal on Jan 20, 2012.

Tags / Keywords: Court and crime, Karpal Singh, sedition, Sultan of Perak, Nizar Jamaluddin

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