KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here has fixed five days from April 22 to hear the case of Kijal assemblyman Senator Datuk Razali Idris (pic), who is charged with making a speech of a seditious nature.
The offence was allegedly committed at the launch of the Perikatan Nasional election machinery for the Kemaman parliamentary by-election between 9.30pm and 11.30pm on Nov 10.
He was alleged to have made insulting remarks by stating that the judiciary was being controlled by the government.
Razali, 57, who is Bersatu Information chief, was charged with uttering the alleged seditious words at Padang Astaka Chukai, Kemaman in Terengganu.
Judge N. Priscilla Hemamalini fixed April 22 to 26 for the hearing when the case came up for mention on Friday (Dec 8).
Earlier, lawyer Hasshahari Johari Mawi, representing Razali, informed the court that the defence had received documents related to the case from the prosecution and requested the court to set the hearing date.
DPP Nurilya Ellyna Nor Azmal confirmed that the document had been submitted to the defence.
Razali, who is Terengganu tourism, culture, environment and climate change committee chairman, pleaded not guilty to the charge on Nov 24.
He was charged under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Sedition Act 1948 and can be punished under Section 4 (1) of the same law act which provides a fine of up to RM5,000 or imprisonment for up to three years or both, if convicted. – Bernama