Thursday, February 5, 2015

Paulsen charged over Friday sermon tweet

11:32AM Feb 5, 2015
By Ram Anand
Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) executive director Eric Paulsen today claimed trial after being charged under the Sedition Act for posting a tweet deemed insulting to Muslims.

He was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court under Section 4(1)(c) today over his Jan 10 tweet, in which he accused the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) of promoting "extremism every Friday".

Sessions Court Judge Abdul Rashid Daud allowed Paulsen, 41, to be released on a bail of RM2,000 with one surety.

Paulsen's defence team is led by Gobind Singh Deo and his Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) colleague Latheefa Koya, while DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin is prosecuting.

The case is set for mention on April 27 at Gobind's request as the defence team awaits the results of the Federal Court case challenging the constitutionality of the Act, which is expected to be ruled on March 24.

"We have requested the mention to be in April so that we can advise the judge on the outcome of that case," Gobind said.

The Federal Court case was filed after prominent law lecturer Azmi Sharom's was charged under the same Act last year.

He was accused of making seditious statements while commenting on 2009 Perak constitutional crisis.

Paulsen was previously arrested and had spent two nights in the police lockup.

If found guilty, he could face a maximum fine of RM5,000, a jail term not more than three years, or both.

Section 4(1)(c) refers to any individual who prints, publishes, sells, offers for sale, distributes or reproduces any seditious material.

~ Malaysiakini

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