KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here today set Aug 1 to hear the case of Subang Member of Parliament R.Sivarasa who is charged with uploading a fake cover of the Time magazine with an image of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his Facebook.
Judge Amernudin Ahmad set the date after the case came up for mention. He also set July 19 for mention.
Sivarasa, 60, had pleaded guilty to two counts of uploading and sharing the fake cover of the magazine in English and Malay on his Facebook page, ‘Sivarasa Rasiah’, at 7.41 pm last March 22 and 4.59 am on March 23, respectively.
The lawyer was charged under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998 for creating and initiating transmission of false communication to annoy another person.
The section provides for a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both, upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Mukhzany Fariz Mohd Mokhtar prosecuted, while lawyer Melissa Sasidaran represented Sivarasa.