Student activist Adam Adli has been found guilty of uttering seditious remarks by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
Adam, who was charged last year for calling Malaysians to remove Barisan Nasional by going to the streets was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
Dubbing it a dark day in Malaysian democracy, Adamâ€™s co-counsel Latheefa Koya said an appeal would be made within a monthâ€™s time.
â€œWeâ€™ve got a stay order on the basis that we would be appealing against this sentence and also the conviction,â€ said Latheefa.
Finding it objectionable that the Deputy Public Prosecutor Abazafree Mohd Abbas had used other charges of sedition to influence the court, Latheefa described the sentencing as unfair.
â€œDespite the Attorney-Generalâ€™s announcement that they would review (the Sedition Act) because of the protest by people, the court has decided to sentence Adam to 12 months,â€
On Sept 9, the Attorney-Generalâ€™s Chambers (AGC) through a press statement had said that it was in the midst of reviewing the cases involving Associate Prof Dr Azmi
Sharom and several others who were charged under the Sedition Act 1948 with a final decision to be made soon.
â€œIt is a dark day in Malaysian democracy as Article 10 had once again been breached by the authorities,â€ Latheefa lamented.
She added that Adamâ€™s remarks were repeated by the Bersih 2.0 movement and by many others as well.
Adam had allegedly uttered seditious remarks during a May 13 forum where he had questioned the results of the 13th general elections.
Meanwhile, judge Mat Ghani Abdullah set Adamâ€™s bail at RM5,000.-The Rakyat Post