Appeals Court sets Feb 2, next year for hearing of Adam Adli’s appeal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim - pic taken from says.com

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim – pic taken from says.com

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 6 — The Court of Appeal has set Feb 2, next year for hearing of student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim’s appeal against his conviction for sedition.

The prosecution is also cross-appealing against the High Court decision in substituting the 12 months’ jail sentence imposed on him by the Sessions Court, with a fine of RM5,000.

A three-man panel led by Justice Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki fixed the hearing date after the matter was mentioned before the court today, pending the decision in another sedition appeal in the case of Muhammad Safwan Anang.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurshafini Mustafha informed the court the prosecution would want to study the court’s verdict in Muhammad Safwan case.

Mohtarudin, however, suggested to set the hearing date and on that day, the prosecution could decide if they wanted to withdraw their appeal or proceed. Read more

Why RM2.6b not probed under Section 124C, asks Ambiga

Source: Malaysiakini

Ambiga Sreenevasan - MMO file pic.

Ambiga Sreenevasan – MMO file pic.

With the spotlight now on foreign funding, former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan has demanded Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed to provide an explanation on the RM2.6 billion donation issue.

Speaking to Malaysiakini, Ambiga said it was outrageous that NGOs are being hounded over their funding when there is an admission that the RM2.6 billion in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s accounts was used for the last general election.

“If anything, this is the direct interference in our parliamentary democracy, not the work of NGOs fighting for our democratic institutions.

“The deputy minister owes the public an explanation as to why this RM2.6 billion is not being investigated as an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy under Section 124C of the Penal Code since, there is a spotlight on foreign funding,” Ambiga added. Read more

Guan Eng’s corruption cases set to start from March 2017

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lim Guan Eng --- The Sun file pix

Lim Guan Eng — The Sun file pix

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 6 ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng looks set to undergo a marathon trial next year following his two corruption charges over his RM2.8 million double-storey house on Jalan Pinhorn here.

High Court judge Hadhariah Syed Ismail scheduled today hearing for both cases to start from March 27 to 31, April 10 to 14, April 24 to 28, May 15 to 19, May 29  to June 2, June 13 to 16 and July 17 to 21.

But the prosecution and defence have also been ordered to submit all relevant documents for the case by January 6.

“I want the prosecution and defence to come out with the agreed facts and issues to be tried and get all documentations ready. Please do not waste the courts’ time.

“The prosecution must be ready. We cannot delay anymore. Please be ready by January 6 for case management,” she said. Read more

Suhakam: Amendments to marriage and divorce law reform to benefit child

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Suhakam chief Tan Sri Razali Ismail — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Suhakam chief Tan Sri Razali Ismail — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 ― The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today lauded Putrajaya’s move to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 2016, saying that if the proposals were passed, it will be in the best interests of the child.

Its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said Suhakam was in support of the proposal to be applied retrospectively in calling both parents in a civil marriage to give consent for their child to be converted to Islam.

“Suhakam supports the proposal that a child shall keep their religious affiliation, so that he or she can freely decide their faith, according to belief, when they attain the age of majority (18 years).

“Suhakam hopes that the issue of unilateral conversion of children in Malaysia and the many obstacles to the full enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion will be quickly resolved by Parliament through the passing of these amendments,” Razali said in a statement.  Read more