Home > News > Nation
Wednesday September 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 3, 2014 MYT 11:07:18 AM
by maizatul nazlina AND dina murad
Claiming trial: Azmi, flanked by his lawyers Gobind (right) and Richard Wee, at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here over a charge of making alleged seditious comments on an online portal concerning the 2009 Perak crisis.
Azmi, 45, one of The Star columnists featured in the newspaper’s Brave Views, Bold Ideas campaign on moderation, claimed trial before Sessions Court judge Zainol Rashid Hussain after being accused under Section 4(1)(b) and Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948.
An online English portal had published Azmi’s comments in an article titled, “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Perak told” on Aug 14.
The law lecturer is accused of uttering seditious words when he went to give a statement at the Kuala Lumpur police crime investigation department at about 12.30pm on Aug 15.
He faced an alternative charge of publishing the words at the same time and place.
If convicted, under either the first charge or alternative charge, Azmi is liable to be fined up to a maximum of RM5,000, a jail term of not more than three years, or both.
Deputy public prosecutor Suhaimi Ibrahim applied for another mention date for handing over of documents. Suhaimi also proposed RM5,000 bail in one surety.
Azmi’s counsel Gobind Singh Deo said he had no objection on the bail proposed.
The court set bail at RM5,000 and fixed the next mention on Oct 3. Azmi posted bail.
The courtroom was filled with his supporters, including PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar and human rights activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.
Marina is a fellow columinists in The Star.
Tags / Keywords:
Politics, Courts Crime, Azmi Sharom, Sedition, Sessions Court
Cops want sportsmanship from fans during Malaysia XI-Spurs match
Cops on the look out for anti-GST rally anarchists
Blaze in Likas leaves 150 people homeless
FA Cup final: Cops praise supporters' conduct
Police step up patrols in three city areas
Hillside death camp in the middle of nowhere
Defending sea border behind new app on Sabah kidnapping
CPO: Triad operated drug lab
Raising toll fares not the answer to reduce jam
Gas leak stops Pahang assembly sitting
Teen forced into oral sex
'Resident Evil Zero' HD could be coming to a PC near you
Helping Nepal quake victims
All Blacks retain Savea, Retallick through 2019 World Cup
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)