KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer N. Surendran will continue representing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the “Sodomy 2” case, despite being charged with sedition over statements regarding the case.
Surendran, 48, claimed trial before a Sessions Court to having released a seditious press statement titled “Court of Appeal’s Fitnah 2 written judgement is flawed, defensive and insupportable”.
He is alleged to have commited the offence at the MalaysiaKini offices in Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar Utama here at 3.40pm on April 18.
When the charges were read, the PKR vice-president said the accusations were political and without basis.
He faces up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine of RM5,000, or both, if convicted under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948.
Under Article 48 of the Federal Constitution, Surendran who is Padang Serai MP, also risks losing his seat as an MP if he is sentenced to imprisonment for a term of more than a year or fined over RM2,000.
DPP Syed Faisal Syed Amir urged the court to set bail at RM10,000 while Surendran’s counsel M. Puravalen pleaded for RM3,000 bail.
Judge Zarol Rashid Hussain set bail at RM5,000 with one surety and fixed Sept 18 for next mention.
Speaking to reporters after posting bail, Surendran confirmed he would continue to be part of de facto PKR leader Anwar’s defence team, in the upcoming appeal before the Federal Court.
“The press statement is based on grounds which were already part of the appeal to the Federal Court,” he said.