Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Karpal Singh's Sedition Conviction

Today, it is Karpal Singh’s turn. The DAP icon is fined RM4,000 for sedition.
On February 21, the same court had found him guilty of sedition for questioning the Sultan of Perak’s action in removing Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the Perak menteri besar in 2009.

The RM4,000 fine means Karpal Singh can be disqualified as the Bukit Gelugor MP if he fails in his appeal to either overturn the conviction, or to reduce the fine to be below RM2,000.
The wheelchair-bound veteran lawyer is the second Pakatan Rakyat leader to have been found guilty and sentenced in the past week after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed on Friday for sodomy.
Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) expressed shock and concern over the decision, maintaining that making political or critical comments was not a crime.
"This is especially so in Karpal's case as he was merely giving his legal opinion on the 2009 constitutional crisis in Perak and under no circumstances could it be described as seditious," said LFL executive director Eric Paulsen.
Karpal warned the government that if they put down one Karpal, 100 Karpals will rise!
Yesterday, lawyers representing Anwar Ibrahim have filed a notice of appeal to the Federal Court to set aside his Sodomy II conviction.
Today, a few of us from SUBS were at the Brussels Beer Café, Sunway Pyramid to celebrate our colleagues’ and friends’ birthdays, i.e. Vijayganesh Pullikutthyayanar and Dr Nagiah Ramasamy. Check out the photos:

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