Azmi faces sedition charge


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014

PETALING JAYA: Uni­versiti Malaya law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom (pic) is expected to be charged with sedition today over comments made on an online portal over the 2009 Perak crisis.

He is expected to be charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948.

Under the section, anyone who utters any seditious words faces a fine of not more than RM5,000, a jail term of not more than three years, or both, if found guilty.

Azmi declined to comment on the possibility of him being charged for making the statements.

The English online portal reported that the law professor was previously under probe for his quotes in an article titled, “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told”, which was published on Aug 14.

Azmi is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the university.

He obtained his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London after completing his studies in University of Nottingham and University of Sheffield.

His areas of expertise are both the Malaysian and International Envi­ronmental Law and the Conflict of Laws.

Azmi is also president of the Universiti Malaya academic staff union .

He is the latest to be caught in the recent sedition dragnet, following last Thursday’s charging of Padang Serai MP N. Surendran at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Surendran is alleged to have committed the offence at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya in his capacity as counsel for Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by saying in a YouTube video that the Sodomy 2 proceedings against Anwar were “an attempt to jail the opposition leader of Malaysia”.

Surendran was previously charged on Aug 19 for allegedly making statements regarding the judgment of the appellate court in Anwar’s second sodomy case in a YouTube video.


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