Facebook Twitter Google Plus Vimeo Youtube Feed Feedburner

ROS LBoard 1

Govt appeals to raise Tian Chua’s sentence over seditious remarks

 | October 10, 2016

Chua has also appealed to set aside the conviction, says lawyer.


KUALA LUMPUR: The government has filed an appeal to enhance the sentence of Batu MP Tian Chua who was found guilty of making seditious remarks in a post-GE13 speech.

“This is not surprising as we expected them to do so (to appeal),” lawyer Latheefa Koya said.

She said her client had also filed an appeal to quash the sentence and conviction.

On Sept 28, Sessions Court Judge Zulqarnain Hassan sentenced Chua to three months’ jail and fined him RM1,800 after he was found guilty of the charge.

The sentence meted out means the PKR vice-president retained his parliamentary seat and can contest in the coming polls as it is below the one-year jail and RM2,000 fine threshold.

The Sedition Act provides for a maximum fine of RM5,000 or jail term of up to three years or both.

Chua was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act on May 29, 2013 for allegedly uttering seditious words.

He made the speech at the Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall, shortly after the general election that year.

Zulqarnain ruled the prosecution had proven the charge against Chua beyond reasonable doubt and the accused had a “tendency to utter seditious words with the intent of toppling a democratically elected government”.


Readers are required to have a valid Facebook account to comment on this story. We welcome your opinions to allow a healthy debate. We want our readers to be responsible while commenting and to consider how their views could be received by others. Please be polite and do not use swear words or crude or sexual language or defamatory words. FMT also holds the right to remove comments that violate the letter or spirit of the general commenting rules.

The views expressed in the contents are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of FMT.