Activist denies insulting Agong, says blog hacked

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday

Activist Hishamuddin Rais arrives at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya, May 16, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent activist Hishamuddin Rais has denied making seditious posts on his blog regarding Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

Speaking to reporters after giving his statement at the Petaling police station late last night, Hishamuddin said his blog had been hacked.

He spent nearly an hour at the police station, emerging just before midnight. He was accompanied with his lawyer Zaid Malek.

“I denied the allegations. I explained that my blog was hacked. Even five to six days before GE14, my blog was hacked and I couldn’t access it for three days.

“I told the police I am willing to come again and give my explanation on my blog being hacked if needed.”

According to Zaid, Hishamuddin was called to give his statement over a posting on the alleged expenses of the king. Read more

Khalid Samad freed of sedition charge from Mais remarks

Source: The Malay Mail

In 2014, MP Khalid Samad suggested that state laws be amended to remove Mais’ power over enforcement, after it refused to return hundred of bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — The Sessions Court here today acquitted Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Abdul Samad of sedition against the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).

Judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against Khalid, 61, at the conclusion of its case.

She said the court found the words and paragraph in Khalid’s statement in question to be a suggestion to review Mais’ authority.

“The suggestion and views were reasonable. Hence it is not safe to order the accused to enter his defence. Therefore the court discharges and acquit him of the charge,” ruled the judge. Read more

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

Putrajaya to probe ex-Jakim man Zamihan over alleged Johor Sultan insult

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — The authorities will investigate and take action against a former Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer who allegedly criticised Johor Ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar in a religious lecture on Sunday.

theSun Daily quoted Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Muhammed as saying that his ministry would take immediate action against preacher Zamihan Mat Zain.

“The Home Ministry will investigate and take action,” he reportedly said in a short text reply when asked if Zamihan would be investigated for sedition.

The report also quoted an unnamed Jakim spokesman confirming an internal investigation.

Zamihan had reportedly criticised the Johor Ruler in a religious lecture at the Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Shah Alam on Sunday.

In the lecture, which was caught on video and shared on Youtube, the president of Sunni Organisation Malaysia (Aswaja) said the sultan was wrong to stop a laundrette in Muar from implementing a Muslim-only policy.

Zamihan was also caught on video making racist remarks about the Chinese, calling them “unhygienic” for not washing up after urinating and defecating, and for consuming alcohol and pork. Read more

UN wants govt to drop sedition charges against Zunar

Source: FMT News

The United Nations (UN) wants Putrajaya to drop all sedition charges against Zunar and to lift the travel ban imposed on the political cartoonist last year. Image taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The United Nations (UN) wants the Malaysian government to drop all sedition charges against political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque and lift the travel ban which was imposed on him last June.

UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune, who was in Malaysia at Putrajaya’s invitation from Sept 11 to 21, expressed “deep concern” about the charges against Zulkiflee, better known as Zunar.

A report on her preliminary observations following her visit said Bennoune and other UN human rights experts would be following developments closely when Zunar’s trial resumes next week. Read more

Tutup kes hasutan buktikan saya di pihak benar, kata Jufazli

Sumber: FMT News

Aktivis muda Jufazli Shi Ahmad berkata beliau dimaklumkan ketua pendakwaraya negeri menutup kesnya hari ini. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Aktivis Jufazli Shi Ahmad berkata keputusan ketua pendakwa raya negeri menutup kes berkaitan dakwaannya terhadap salahlaku dan rasuah dalam kerajaan Sabah menunjukkan beliau di pihak yang benar.

Menurut Jufazli, penutupan kes itu dimaklumkan kepadanya selepas menghubungi polis hari ini.

“Mereka memaklumkan ketua pendakwaraya negeri memutuskan secara rasmi kes saya yang dibuka di bawah kesalahan Akta Hasutan pada 9 November 2016 lepas ‘telah ditutup’,” kata Jufazli dalam kenyataan hari ini.

“Pihak pendakwaan membebaskan saya sepenuhnya dan tiada pendakwaan mahkamah daripada pertuduhan menghasut rakyat melawan kerajaan kerana tiada unsur-unsur jenayah menghasut.” Read more

High Court hearing of Arulchelvan’s sedition case

The sedition case of Arulchelvan, of Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) has been adjourned to 3rd April 2017 and will be called up at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Jalan Duta on 3rd April 2017. Arul was charged under the Sedition Act for criticising the judiciary in its 2nd sodomy conviction of Anwar Ibrahim. He was charged on 23rd November 2015. The remarks he made on this sodomy II verdict may be found at https://partisosialis.org/en/node/3215 .

Adam Adli’s appeal against conviction for sedition

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.

He said one of the judges presiding on the Court of Appeal panel in Muhammad Safwan’s case was still on medical leave.

On July 18, the Court of Appeal’s three-member panel comprising justices Mohtarudin, Datuk Seri Zakaria Sam and Datuk Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham reserved their judgment after hearing submission in the appeal by Muhammad Safwan, a former student activist, over his conviction for making a seditious speech at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur on May 13, 2013.

The prosecution is cross-appealing against the High Court decision in substituting the 10 months’ jail term imposed on Muhammad Safwan by the Sessions Court to RM5,000 fine, in default two years jail.

Adam Adli, meanwhile, was jailed 12 months by the Sessions Court on Nov 19, 2014 after he was found guilty of giving a seditious speech at a rally in the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharajalela, Dang Wangi here between 8.55pm and 11.15pm on May 13, 2013.

He is appealing against his conviction while the prosecution is cross-appealing against the High Court decision to substitute the custodial sentence with a RM5,000 fine.

Lawyer Melissa Sasidaran represented Adam Adli. — Bernama

Guan Eng under sedition probe for questioning Hadi’s Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The police are expected to question Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at his official office on Level 28, Komtar today. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

The police are expected to question Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at his official office on Level 28, Komtar today. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is scheduled for questioning by Bukit Aman police for alleged sedition over his statement on the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, his lawyer said.

Lim’s lawyer R.S.N. Rayer was quoted by English daily The Star that the police were expected to question the DAP leader at his official office on Level 28, Komtar today.

“We were told Lim would be investigated under the Sedition Act. The police will be coming at 11am. Read more