KAJANG: Controversial blogger Papagomo claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court today to insulting and causing hurt to Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
The Umno Youth executive committee member, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, was charged under Section 509 of the Penal Code with uttering the word “stupid”, and Section 323 of the same law for injuring Syed Saddiq on his neck and shoulder on Feb 16.
Deputy public prosecutor Siti Noor Hafizan Zakaria asked the magistrate to set bail at RM30,000.
However, defence counsel Nik Saiful Adil Burhan, Farhan Maaruf and N Logendran asked for a lesser bail amount, and that their client’s passport not be impounded.
Magistrate Fadzilatul Isma Ahmad Refngah ordered the blogger to raise bail of RM8,000 with one surety and report to a police station once a month.
The case will be mentioned again on April 1.
Papagomo faces jail of up to five years, a fine or both if convicted under Section 509 of the Penal Code. Section 323 of the law meanwhile carries a year of jail time, RM2,000 fine or both upon conviction.
Nik Saiful told reporters after the court proceedings that they were satisfied with the magistrate’s decision.
“We hope the prosecution will come up with solid evidence regarding the incident because it is a serious accusation against our client,” he added.
Papagomo was involved in a struggle with Syed Saddiq on Feb 16, which was nomination day for the Semenyih by-election.