KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — The Court of Appeal today struck out a constitutional challenge from four former student activists to set aside the charges against them for assembling in a public place.
A three-judge panel chaired by Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif dismissed the application from Adam Adli Abd Halim, Muhammad Safwan Anang, Ekhsan Bukharee and Mohamed Bukhairy Mohamed Sofian who were appealing against being charged with taking part in an illegal in a restricted public place.
The foursome were charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) when they took part in a June 22, 2013 rally in the compound of Masjid Ar-Rahman Universiti Malaya, which is a restricted area.
Section 4(2)(b) of the PAA prohibits the public from organising or participating in an assembly held at any prohibited place and within 50m from the place’s limit.
If found guilty, they can be fined up to RM 10,000 each.
According to the activists’ lawyer, Eric Paulsen, the court rejected the challenge on a preliminary objection based on Section 30 of the Courts of Judicature Act (CJA) 1964, which is a procedural requirement for their application to be first filed at the Sessions Court instead of the High Court.
“We are to file at Sessions Court to refer to the High Court,” Paulsen told Malay Mail Online when contacted. Read more