Court upholds eight-month jail term against Amanah leader for sedition

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — The High Court here today upheld the eight months jail sentence imposed on former PAS Youth treasurer Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar for uttering seditious words in calling for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s release in a street protest, three years ago.

Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah made the decision after dismissing Mohd Fakhrulrazi’s appeal against his conviction and sentence handed down by the Sessions Court on Aug 25, 2016.

The court also dismissed the cross-appeal by the prosecution against the sentence imposed on Mohd Fakhrulrazi, who is now Parti Amanah Negara Youth vice-chief.

Azman said the decision made by the Sessions Court judge was safe and the sentence was appropriate. Read more

Bersih: Amanah Youth leader’s sedition conviction against free speech

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Mohd Fakhrulrazi was sentenced to eight months’ jail by the Sessions Court here today for seditious remarks made at a #KitaLawan rally in February last year. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Mohd Fakhrulrazi was sentenced to eight months’ jail by the Sessions Court here today for seditious remarks made at a #KitaLawan rally in February last year. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Bersih 2.0 condemned today the conviction of Amanah Youth vice-chief Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar as another step backwards for freedom of expression in the country.

In a statement by its steering committee, the electoral reform group said it deplored the conviction and that the sedition charge should not have been initiated in the first place.

“Fakhrulrazi’s conviction is another huge step backwards for freedom of expression in Malaysia.

“In the first place, the Attorney General should not have initiated the charged under the flawed Sedition Act.”

The group added that despite the 2015 amendment to the Sedition Act to repeal provisions to prosecute for criticisms towards the government and the administration, it was still the majority of sedition cases pursued since Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali took office.

“Besides Fakhrulrazi, eight other activists which includes Bersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and Bersih 2.0 Manager Mandeep Singh were also charged for participating in the #KitaLawan rally last year,” the group said. Read more