Court frees activist Fahmi Reza of Najib-lookalike clown picture charge

Fahmi Reza. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Activist and graphic artist Fahmi Reza was freed by the Sessions Court here today of a charge of “offending” others with a Najib Razak-lookalike clown drawing three years ago.

Judge Zamri Bakar ordered the acquittal after deputy public prosecutor Noor Jazilah Mohd Yushaa informed the court they did not wish to proceed with the charge against Fahmi under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Fahmi’s legal team had earlier sent a representation letter to the public prosecutor’s office asking them to reconsider the charge.

He had claimed trial in 2015 to uploading the Najib-like clown picture.

Fahmi had previously sought to challenge the charge at the Federal Court but the court had dismissed his challenge.

He was jailed one month and fined RM30,000 by the Sessions Court in Ipoh on a similar charge for his Najib-clown drawing early this year. Fahmi paid the RM30,000 after launching a crowdfunding bid to raise the money.

The High Court will deliver its decision on Fahmi’s appeal against the Ipoh Sessions Court ruling on Oct 29.