Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Constitutional expert under probe for sedition

2:31PM Sep 30, 2014

Constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari has become the second academician to face a sedition probe over comments made during the height of the Selangor menteri besar crisis.

Aziz's statement is to be recorded at the Sabak Bernam police station at 11am tomorrow morning for comments he made in The Malaysian Insider, the news portal reported today.

He will be represented by Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) lawyer Afiq M Noor.

Before this, Universiti Malaya law don Azmi Sharom was investigated and later charged with sedition for comments he made to another  portal, Malay Mail Online.

Azmi's comments were deemed by prosecutors to be insulting to the Perak sultan following comparisons he made with the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis, while Aziz is being investigated for sedition for comments made regarding the Selangor sultan.

According to The Malaysian Insider, the police are investigating Aziz over two articles published by the portal on Sept 1 and Sept.

More than 100 police reports have been lodged against him for the comments.

One was a Malay article titled "Sultan Selangor terikat deklarasi 1992, perlu lantik Wan Azizah, kata Aziz Bari" (Sultan bound by 1992 declaration, must appoint Wan Azizah), and another article titled "Only God, not Sultan, has absolute powers, says legal expert".

Aziz was investigated under the Sedition Act in 2011 as well, after he said the sultan's decree on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) raid was "uncommon and inconsistent".

Meanwhile, The Malaysian Insider quoted Aziz as stating that he is unfazed by the latest investigation.

"I was asked whether the sultan had absolute powers during the height of the MB crisis, to which I replied 'no'.

"I do not think I was committing a crime. I have not suggested reducing or abolishing the powers of Malay rulers," he added.

Two reporters from The Malaysian Insider had their statements taken over the said articles as well.

~ Malaysiakini

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