Rahim asks court to drop sedition case

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 Jan 2016

SHAH ALAM: Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik who was charged for alleging on Facebook that the Selangor Raja Muda had converted to Christianity is applying for the case to be dropped.

Counsel Wan Azmir Wan Majid, who acted for the former Malacca Chief Minister, said a letter of representation had been filed with the Attorney-General’s Chambers for the case to be withdrawn.

“The letter was sent in on Dec 17,” he told reporters after the case came up for mention at the Sessions Court here.

Wan Azmir said Rahim had asked that the charge be withdrawn on the grounds that his intention was not seditious.

DPP Datuk Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman told Sessions Court judge Slamat Yahya that he had just received the letter and asked for time to decide on it.

The judge fixed March 1 for a decision to be made by the A-G’s Chambers.

Abdul Rahim, 65, who was present in court, was charged on Oct 5 with spreading rumours that the Selangor Crown Prince had become a Catholic.

The charge was under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948.

He also pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for publishing a false statement via a website application.

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