KUALA LUMPUR: Twelve people, including former Rembau PKR chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin and student activist Adam Adli Abd Halim, have failed in their bid to set aside their conviction and sentence for participating in the illegal Blackout 505 assembly.
High Court judge Justice Azman Abdullah said the conviction by the Sessions Court judge was safe and he was satisfied that the sentence meted out by the judge was not too harsh.
Justice Azman said the accused were given lighter sentences by the lower court on grounds that there were no weapons used, no damage to public property and most had no previous convictions except Adam Adli and activist Muhammad Safwan.
"I now uphold the convictions and sentences. The appeal is dismissed," he said Tuesday.
Ahmad Syukri Che Razab, Mah Chee Ho, Annie Ooi Siew Lan (popularly known as Auntie Bersih), Edy Noor, Md Sani Md Shah, Badrul Hisham (popularly known as Chegubard), Adam Adli, Muhammad Safwan, Ahmad Shauqie Abdul Aziz, Muhammad Aiman Hakim Zainal Abidin, Norazimah Mohamad Nor and Lim Sue Pei were fined RM2,000 each.
They were charged with being members of the illegal assembly that caused a public nuisance at Jalan Parlimen here between 9.15am and 11.25am on June 24, 2013 and were charged under Section 143 of the Penal Code.
Ahmad Syukri, Edy Nor, Md Sani, Badrul Hisham, Adam Adli, Muhammad Safwan, Ahmad Shauqie, Norazimah and Lim were also fined RM4,000 respectively for rioting on a road leading to the Parliament building on the same day at about 11.25am and were charged under Section 147 of the Penal Code.
They were among 33 individuals jointly charged at the Sessions Court here for taking part in the illegal assembly as well as for rioting.
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