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Thursday June 27, 2013
By MUGUNTAN VANAR firstname.lastname@example.org
KOTA KINABALU: Malacca-based blogger Milosuam was charged in a magistrate’s court here with posting statements intended to cause fear among the people during the Sulu intrusion.
Milosuam, whose real name is Yusuf Al Siddique Suratman, 29, pleaded not guilty to a posting under the heading “Pendatang asing bakal cetus huru hara di Sabah? (Foreigners to cause chaos in Sabah?)”, in which he claimed that 1,500 foreigners would cause chaos in Sabah.
Yusuf, who was charged on Tuesday under Section 505 of the Penal Code with causing fear, faces a maximum of two years’ imprisonment or a fine or both if convicted.
Magistrate Edward Paul set trial for July 22-23 and released Yusuf on RM15,000 bail with one local surety bail.
Yusuf was also ordered to surrender his passport to the court.
Senior Federal Counsel Jamil Aripin told the court that the accused was being charged in Kota Kinabalu because his blog was widely read in Sabah.
Yusuf’s counsel Erveana Ansari said they were applying to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to transfer the case to Kuala Lumpur.
Earlier, Jamil had objected to bail for Yusuf on grounds that he was from peninsular Malaysia, but Erveana argued that there was no reason for the accused to abscond over a minor offence.
She said Yusuf was getting married on June 29 and as a non-Sabahan, he would have to spend more money to travel here.
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