SHAH ALAM – Selangor state executive councillor Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was charged in the High Court here today with organising a ‘Black 505’ rally without a permit at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, three years ago.
Nik Nazmi, 34, who was charged for the third time on the offence, however, pleaded not guilty before Judge Datuk Ghazali Cha.
Nik Nazmi, who is also the state’s Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman, was charged with failing to give at least 10 days notice to the Petaling District police on the rally which was held at the said stadium at 8.30pm on May 8, 2013.
He was charged under Section 9 (1) of Peaceful Assemblies Act 2012 and punishable under Section 9(5) of the same act, which carries a maximum fine of RM10,000, if convicted.
Nik Nazmi, who is also the head of Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s youth wing Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK), was charged for the first time on May 17, 2013. He then applied to to have the charge set aside but was denied by the Shah Alam High Court on Nov 1, 2013.
On April 25, 2014, the Appeals Court had allowed Nik Nazmi’s appeal to strike out the charge.
Nik Nazmi was first charged on Feb 6, 2014 but on May 6, 2014, the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court acquitted him based on the Appeals Court decision.
However, the Appeals Court in another case decided that the 10 days notice was a must, hence, Nik Azmi facing the charge again.
In today’s proceedings, the court set Feb 19 for re-mention and June 13-16 for the trial. Bail was allowed at RM1,000 in one surety.
Nik Nazmi’s counsel Syahredzan Johan when met afterwards, said he would be filing an application this week to strike out the charge.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin appeared for the prosecution. – BERNAMA