Tian Chua released from jail

Source: FMT News

Pic from FMT News

KAJANG: Batu MP Tian Chua was released from jail today after serving a month in the Kajang prison.

Tian Chua said he was awoken by the wardens at 5am and let out of prison by 7am.

Speaking to a crowd of about 150 who were awaiting his release, he said he was happy to be out after a month of “resting”.

“They probably saw the crowd here and rushed to                                                                                               let me out,” he added. Read more

Amnesty calls for ‘prisoner of conscience’ Tian Chua to be freed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tian Chua was charged under Section 4 (2) of the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act 1959 after he allegedly disobeyed police orders by refusing to leave Pulapol after being released. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — Amnesty International demanded today the release of Batu MP Chua Tian Chang who was last week sentenced to a month’s jail after being convicted of trespassing the restricted police training centre (Pulapol) here in 2012.

Despite the conviction, the international human rights watchdog insisted the PKR vice-president’s arrest was unlawful as he was just exercising his basic rights in a peaceful protest.

“The Malaysian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release opposition lawmaker Chua Tian Chang, who Amnesty International regards as a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for exercising his human rights peacefully,” it said in a statement.

The group also said the arrest of Chua, better known as Tian Chua, shows an “alarming abuse of power” by authorities against government critics. Read more

Conviction wrongful: Lawyers For Liberty

Source: The Heat Malaysia

Sessions Court rules prosecution has proven prima facie case, in convicting the PKR vice-president for sedition over inciteful comments in a speech following the last general election. Image taken from FMT News.

Sessions Court rules prosecution has proven prima facie case, in convicting the PKR vice-president for sedition over inciteful comments in a speech following the last general election. Image taken from FMT News.

PKR Batu MP Tian Chua was sentenced to three months’ jail and fined RM1,800 after he was found guilty of sedition by the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur today. His conviction was immediately denounced as wrongful.

The charge was over remarks he made during a forum three years ago after the 13th General Election. Sessions Court judge Zulqarnain Hassan ruled the prosecution had proven the charge against Tian Chua, who is also PKR vice-president, beyond reasonable doubt.

He added that he was satisfied that Tian Chua, had a “tendency to utter seditious words with the intent of toppling a democratically elected government”.

The judge pointed to the words ‘bangkit’ (rise up) and ‘turun ke jalan raya’ (take to the streets), used by Tian Chua during the forum, as being seditious in nature.

“There is no doubt his speech had the tendency to incite people to change the legally elected government,” the judge added.

He found Tian Chua’s words to be seditious under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948. Read more

Tian Chua jailed 3 months, fined RM1,800 for sedition

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Sessions Court rules prosecution has proven prima facie case, in convicting the PKR vice-president for sedition over inciteful comments in a speech following the last general election. Image taken from FMT News.

Sessions Court rules prosecution has proven prima facie case, in convicting the PKR vice-president for sedition over inciteful comments in a speech following the last general election. Image taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Batu MP Tian Chua was sentenced to three months jail and fined RM1,800 after he was found guilty of making seditious remarks in a post-GE13 speech.

The sentence meted out means that Tian Chua will retain his parliamentary seat as it is below the one-year jail and RM2,000 fine threshold that will cause a lawmaker to lose their seat.

Sessions Court judge Zulqarnain Hassan ruled the prosecution had proven the charge against Tian Chua, who is also PKR vice-president, beyond reasonable doubt.

He added that he was satisfied that Tian Chua, had a “tendency to utter seditious words with the intent of toppling a democratically elected government”.

“The accused had already used words such as ‘bangkit’ (rise), ‘turun ke jalan’ (take to the streets), not long after the 13th general election.

“There is no doubt his speech had the tendency to incite people to change the legally elected government,” the judge added. Read more

Tian Chua’s sedition trial continues

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Batu MP Tian Chua – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 2, 2016.

Batu MP Tian Chua – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 2, 2016.

The Sessions Court had on 24 February 2016 ordered PKR vice-president Tian Chua to enter his defence for a sedition charge.

Judge Abdul Rashid Daud made the decision after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a prima facie case against the accused.

The court set two days for the defence trial, from April 25.

Tian Chua or Chua Tian Chang, 53, was charged on May 29, 2013 with making a seditious statement at a public forum to incite the people to change the government through unlawful means.

He allegedly committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Assembly Hall at Nombor 1, Jalan Maharajalela, Dang Wangi between 8.55pm and 11.15pm on May 13, 2013.

The charge, under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 (Act 15), carries a maximum fine of RM5,000 or three years’ jail, or both, upon conviction.

The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim and the accused, by counsel New Sin Yew. – Bernama, February 24, 2016.

 

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Tian Chua freed of sedition charge again

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Batu MP Tian Chua – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 2, 2016.

Batu MP Tian Chua – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 2, 2016.

The High Court today affirmed the acquittal of Batu MP Chua Tian Chang of making a seditious statement linking the government and Umno in the Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013.

Judicial commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan, who dismissed the prosecution’s appeal, said they had failed to prove that Chua, better known as Tian Chua, had uttered the seditious words.

Chua’s first acquittal was on November 14, 2014 by Sessions Court judge Norsharidah Awang, who said the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the PKR parliamentarian.

She acquitted him without calling for his defence. Read more

Tian Chua told to enter defence over sedition charge

Source: NST Online

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Tian Chua was today ordered by the Sessions Court to enter his defence for uttering seditious words at a forum, three years ago.

Judge Abdul Rashid Daud in making the order said the prosecution had proven a prima facie case and that the words uttered by Tian Chua at the forum, had seditious elements.

Tian Chua was charged on May 29, 2013 for allegedly uttering seditious words in parts of the speech delivered by him during a public forum at the Selangor Assembly Hall after the 13th General Elections.

He was alleged to have committed the offence on May 13, 2013 and was charged under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Sedition Act that provides a maximum fine of RM5,000 or three years in jail, or both if convicted.

Tian Chua could be disqualified as an elected representative if he is convicted and the court imposes a fine of RM2,000 or one-year jail or both.

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Feb 24 decision on Tian Chua’s sedition charge

Source: The Rakyat Post

Batu MP Tian Chua (second from left) together his counsel New Sin Yew (second right) outside the courtroom today. — TRP pic by Han Kar Kay

Batu MP Tian Chua (second from left) together his counsel New Sin Yew (second right) outside the courtroom today. — TRP pic by Han Kar Kay

Parts of the speech delivered by Batu MP Tian Chua during a public forum at the Selangor Assembly Hall after the 13th general elections did not procure the alteration of the government, the Sessions Court heard today.

Defence counsel New Sin Yew, who is representing Tian Chua, in his written submission, argued that the PKR leader’s speech did not mention about any change of the government.

“The prosecution witnesses during cross-examination also agreed that the accused’s speech did not invite citizens to challenge the results of the elections by going to the streets or touch on anything to deny the results of GE13, among others.

“The accused only mentioned ‘turun ke jalan raya’ and nothing more. However, ‘turun ke jalan raya’ does not necessarily lead to a public assembly.

“Even if ‘turun ke jalan raya’ means having a public assembly (which is denied by the defence), there is nothing unlawful about having a public assembly because the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peacefully and without arms,” he told the court this morning.

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