Friday, April 1, 2011

Late summons pushes Sri Muda rep’s sedition case to April 25

March 28, 2011
Shuhaimi (second from right) arrives at the Shah Alam police headquarters, February 3, 2011. - file pic
SHAH ALAM, March 28 — A delayed summons to court has caused Sri Muda assemblyman Suhaimi Shafiei’s sedition hearing to be delayed to April 25, the PKR lawmaker said today.

Suhaimi, who was arrested in February, was only informed last Friday that he would be charged for sedition over statements made in connection with the Selangor state secretary controversy earlier this year.

He had then hinted that the Sultan of Selangor should make the right decision by rejecting the appointment imposed on the state government by the federal government.

He told reporters here after the first state assembly meeting that he had to hurry to court at 10am today.

“To me, this is unnecessary. We have already agreed verbally, we have written officially, our lawyers had already informed, the guarantor was already present, only for the mention. What is wrong with giving us a chance? But this is clearly to distract us,” he said.

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said the judge’s last minute order for Suhaimi to be in court today was disrespectful to the state’s Ruler.

“There is a case mention in court but (Suhaimi) has instructed his lawyers to inform the court that today the Sultan will officiate the state assembly and Suhaimi was present today during the opening ceremony but immediately after that, he received word from his lawyers that the judge had ordered for him to be present in court today.

“This shows that the court and the judge do not respect the Malay [Rulers], especially the Sultan of Selangor,” he said.

On February 3, Suhaimi had turned himself in at the Shah Alam police headquarters to facilitate investigations into reports alleging he had posted seditious remarks about the Sultan of Selangor in his blog.

He was released on police bail the same day and is scheduled to be charged under the Sedition Act.

The charge against Suhaimi is under Section 4.1 (c) of the Sedition Act 1948.

Source: Malaysian Insider

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