KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court today allowed the appeal of opposition activist Adam Adli Abd Halim to set aside a 12-month jail sentence for making a seditious speech, three years ago.
Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman, however, imposed a fine of RM5,000 on Adam Adli, 28, who is a former student of Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
The court also ordered him to be jailed six months in default.
Ab Karim said the appeal against the conviction was rejected but the court found the jail sentence was excessive taking into account public interest and the accused’s age.
He said the conviction was upheld, nonetheless, because the court agreed that the remarks from Adam Adli directly referred to the body responsible for administering the government, namely UMNO and the Barisan Nasional, and had a tendency to be seditious.
On Nov 19, 2014, the Sessions Court imposed the 12-month jail sentence on Adam Adli after he was found guilty on the charge at the end of the defence’s case.
He was charged with giving a speech at a rally using seditious words to instigate the people in the country to change the government, which was formed in accordance with the law, via illegal means.
The offence was committed at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharajalela, Dang Wangi here between 8.55 pm and 11.15 pm on May 13, 2013.
The accused was charged under Section 4(1)(b) Sedition Act 1948 (Act 15) and punishable under Section 4(1)(b) of the same act, which provides for a maximum fine of RM5,000 or jail up to five years, if guilty.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Julia Ibrahim appeared for the prosecution while Adam Adli was represented by counsel N. Surendran. – BERNAMA