KUALA LUMPUR: Social activist Hishamuddin Rais was today fined RM5,000 by the Sessions Court here after being found guilty of sedition over a call to topple the government in a May 13 forum two years ago.
Judge Azman Mustapha made the order ruling that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt at the end of the defence case.
In his judgment, Azman said the court imposed a fine considering the accusedâ€™s age.
He also said the fiery remarks uttered by Hishamuddin, 63, at the forum, did not result in an uproar and his speech did not influence the people who heard it.
“The court is also satisfied with the counsel’s argument that there is no public interest that needs to be satisfied with imprisonment,” Azman said.
Azman ordered the accused to serve six months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.
On October 13, last year, Hishamuddin was ordered to enter his defence.
He, was charged with uttering seditious remarks during the forum at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall between 8.55pm and 11.15pm on May 13, 2013.
Deputy public prosecutor Kee Wei Loon prosecuted while the accused was represented by counsel Syahredzan Johan.-NST