BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
Badges calling for abolition of the Sedition Act displayed during the Malaysian Bar's extraordinary general meeting in Kuala Lumpur on September 19. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 22, 2014.
"For many there is a chilling effect the moment police start investigation and prosecution by the public prosecutor. What more when an accused is sent to jail," she told The Malaysian Insider. Lawyer Latheefa Koya (pic, right) believes that custodial sentences are imposed to instil fear on would-be offenders.
Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong (pic, left), who chaired an extraordinary general meeting of the Bar on the Sedition Act 1948 on Friday, said Adam Adli's punishment was excessive and a fine would have sufficed.
Lawyers for Liberty executive director, Eric Paulsen (pic, right), said the recent sentencing in sedition cases showed that judges were unable to stop the abuse of power by the police and the public prosecutor.
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