Guilty as charged: Karpal arriving with his daughter (left) and wife at the High Court.
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has found 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.
High Court judge Justice Azman Abdullah ruled that Karpal, 73, had failed to prove reasonable doubt in the prosecutions case.
“After considering the evidence given, submissions from both parties and the judgment by the Court of Appeal on Jan 20, 2012, the court finds the accused had in his defence failed to raise a doubt.
“In other words, the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt. Therefore, I find you guilty and convict you of the charge,” he said to a packed courtroom.
Among those present were Karpal’s wife Gurmit Kaur, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Justice Azman said the prosecution filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal and the court had on Jan 20, 2012, granted the application and set aside the acquittal made by the High Court on June 11, 2010.
He said this court continued with the trial by calling Karpal to enter his defence, and following its completion, the accused had called one S. Baradidathan as a defence witness.
Karpal’s son and counsel Gobind Singh Deo said he needed a week to prepare mitigation.
Justice Azman gave Gobind two weeks to prepare and fixed March 7 for mitigation and sentencing.
Karpal was charged with uttering seditious words against the Sultan of Perak at his legal firm in Jalan Pudu Lama here between noon and 12.30pm on Feb 6, 2009.
He was alleged to have said that the removal of Mohammad Nizar as Mentri Besar of Perak 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 of RM5,000 fine or three years’ jail or both, if convicted.
When met by reporters, Karpal said this was the right of the judge and he accepted the decision.