Man charged with insulting the King on Twitter

KOTA TINGGI: A 29-year-old assistant manager has claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to allegedly insulting Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Twitter.

Mohamad Arif Ahmad pleaded not guilty when the charge was read out in front of judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob yesterday.

He has been accused of posting a statement on Twitter at about 5.20am on Oct 25 last year with the intention of hurting the feelings of others.

The tweet was read at about 3.30pm at a restaurant in Air Papan, Mersing, on the same day it was posted.

He is charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act, which outlines the improper use of network facilities or services, and could be sentenced under Section 233(3) of the same Act.

If convicted, he could receive a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a maximum jail term of one year or both, and a further fine of RM1,000 for each day the offence continues.

Wan Mohd Norisham set bail at RM8,000 with one surety and ordered the accused not to post any comment on the matter until the case was settled.

He also fixed Aug 22 for mention and for submission of documents.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Irsyad Mardi prosecuted the case while lawyer Omar Kutty Abdul Aziz represented the accused.

Mohamad Arif posted bail.

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