KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang has been acquitted of the charge of making a seditious statement linking the Government and Umno to last year’s Lahad Datu intrusion.
Sessions Court judge Norshari-dah Awang discharged Chua, better known as Tian Chua, without ordering him to enter his de-fence.
This came about after the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him by end of the prosecution’s case.
In her ruling, she said there was no proof to show that Tian Chua, 51, who is also Batu MP, uttered the seditious words.
Judge Norsharidah said the third prosecution witness Aishah Geoffrey, who was a former Keadilan Daily journalist, admitted that her notes were incomplete as she wrote the important points only.
She said Geoffrey also agreed that she did not record Tian Chua’s comments when she interviewed him.
On March 14 last year, Tian Chua claimed trial to making the statements that the intrusion by Sulu gunmen was a planned conspiracy by Umno to divert public attention.
He was also alleged to have said that it was a “drama” by the Government to distract the people especially from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the state’s immigrant problem.
The charge came under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act.