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.
However, the court allowed an application by lawyer Ariff Azami Hussein representing Mohd Fakhrulrazi for a stay of execution of the sentence pending an appeal to the Court of Appeal and the bail of RM5,000 on the appellant to be maintained.
On Aug 25, 2016, Mohd Fakhrulrazi was sentenced to eight months in jail by a Sessions Court here for uttering seditious remarks in front of the Sogo shopping complex at No 190, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, here at 4.30pm on Feb 21, 2015.
The Sessions Court judge Shamsudin Abdullah in his judgement said the court handed down the sentence as the seditious words uttered had a tendency to incite hatred and dissatisfaction against the administration of the country.
Shamsudin said the sentence was meted out to serve as a deterrent to the accused as well as others and after taking into account public interest.
The charge, under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948, provides for a maximum fine of RM5,000 or imprisonment of up to two years, or both, if found guilty. — Bernama