MP and PKR Youth leaders plead not guilty in Black 505 rally case


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and two other PKR Youth leaders have been charged with illegally ga­thering in a restricted area during a Black 505 rally.

Shamsul Iskandar, PKR Youth deputy head Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin and vice-chief Mohd Nazree Mohd Yunus are alleged to have gathered at the Ar-Rahman Mosque at the Universiti Malaya campus at Jalan Pantai Baru here between noon and 1.15pm on June 22.

The rally took place in Padang Merbok, 9km from the campus.

Under Section 4(2)(b) of the Peaceful Assembly Act, the three face a maximum fine of RM20,000 each if convicted. If he is fined more than RM2,000, Shamsul Iskandar could be disqualified from his MP post.

The three looked relaxed as they stood outside the dock while the charge was read to them.

Shamsul Iskandar had even tweeted a picture of himself with the other two in the Sessions Court earlier while they were waiting for the proceedings to begin.

During the proceedings, DPP Iznina Hanim Hashim called for a personal bond of RM2,000 each, with no sureties, to be imposed on the trio.

Yusmadi Yusoff, counsel for Shamsul Iskandar, asked the court to set a lower bond amount.

“Given the time stated in the charge, it is reasonable to assume that my client was praying. While his innocence is a matter for trial, setting too high a bond amount at this stage would send the wrong message,” Yusmadi said.

Sessions judge Mat Ghani Abdullah set bond at RM2,000 with no sureties for each of the three, fixed Sept 23 for case management and Dec 11-13 for trial.

Khairul Anuar and Mohd Nazree are represented by A. Jeyaseelen.

Jeyaseelen told reporters later that the defence would be filing an application in the High Court to declare the Peaceful Assembly Act inconsistent with the right to assemble as per Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.

Black 505 rallies were organised nationwide by PKR to protest against the results of the May 5 general election.

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