Comedy club owner seeks charges to be dropped for third time

KUALA LUMPUR: Crackhouse Comedy Club owner Mohamad Rizal Van Geyzel will submit a third representation to drop the three charges of creating and initiating the distribution of videos that touch on racial sensitivity currently levelled against him. This comes after his second representation was rejected by the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

Mohamad Rizal’s lawyer, M. Pravin, told Sessions Court judge Priscilla Hemamalini Nadarajan that they had been informed by the prosecution about the status of the representation yesterday.

The court fixed June 13 for mention of the third representation’s decision.

On Jan 20, the AGC rejected the first representation submitted by Mohamad Rizal to drop the three charges. He submitted a second representation on April 6.

According to the three charges, Mohamad Rizal, 40 was accused of making and initiating the transmission of offensive communications with the intent to offend others via Facebook using the profile name “Rizal van Geyzel”, “rizalvangeyzel” on Instagram and “rizalvangeyzel” on TikTok between July 4 and 6, 2022.

The charges were framed under Section 233(1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, punishable under Section 233 (3) of the same Act with a fine of up to RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to one year or both, with a further fine of RM1,000 for every day that the offence is repeated after conviction. — Bernama

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