The High Court rules that the appeal of five former university students against conviction have no merit.
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today turned down an appeal against conviction from five former university students who took part in an illegal assembly at the National Mosque compound here, 10 years ago.
Stating that the appeal had no merit, judge Su Geok Yiam upheld the magistrate’s court decision to impose a fine of RM3,900 or three months’ jail against the accused in 2009.
The accused are Nik Norhafizi Nik Ibrahim, 31, Ahmad Kamal Abdul Hamid, 30, (both former students of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Zulkefle Idris, 31 (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Rafzan Ramli 34, (Universiti Teknologi Mara) and Khairul Amal Mahmud, 30, (Universiti Malaya).
They were charged under Section 27 (5) (a) of the Police Act 1967 for taking part in an illegal assembly against the Internal Security Act (ISA) at the National Mosque compound between 2pm and 2.15pm on June 8, 2001.
Su said the records denoted that the accused were present in a public place, present in an unlawful assembly of more than three person and refused to obey the police orders to disperse.
The accused, except for Rafzan Ramli, were absent from the proceedings today.
They were represented by lawyer Edmond Bond while Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Hafiz Mohd Yusoff prosecuted.