KUALA LUMPUR: The sedition charges against army veteran Ali Tinju was withdrawn following a review of the evidence and statements by witnesses, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri (pic).
"The Attorney-General’s Chambers had withdrawn the case against Mohd Ali Baharom or Ali Tinju after reviewing all the evidence and statements submitted by the witnesses in the case," said Shukri.
In a written reply to Gobind Singh Deo's (DAP - Puchong), Shukri said that it is the decision of the Attorney-General to submit or withdraw charges against any person based on the evidence and the facts of the case.
"Each case is evaluated and reviewed by the Attorney-General, and relies solely on the facts and circumstances of the case in question," said Shukri.
"If there is appropriate and new evidence to withdraw the case, the charges will then be withdrawn," she said.
Mohd Ali was acquitted and discharged by the Sessions Court of using seditious words during the riot in Low Yat Plaza in July.
Judge Azman Mustapha said the decision was made after Deputy Public Prosecutor Suhaimi Ibrahim withdrew the charge against Mohd Ali.
Mohd Ali was charged with uttering words, which were racist in front of the plaza in Jalan Bulan 1, off Jalan Bukit Bintang, at 8.30pm on July 12.
He was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 and punishable under Section 4(1) of the same Act, which carries a fine of up to RM5,000 or a jail term of up to three years, or both, if found guilty.
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