Student Activist Adam Ali Found Guilty For Sedition Over May 13 Forum
The Sessions Court today found activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim guilty of sedition and sentenced him to one year in jail for a speech last year in which he is said to have called for a change of government through undemocratic means.
“Guilty,” Adam wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter from the court this morning. “The mitigation process is still going on. Will update #MansuhAktaHasutan,” he said in a following tweet. “Having different opinion is apparently a crime now according to our dearest prosecutor,” he said in another tweet.
For first-time offenders like Adam, a conviction under Section 4 (1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 carries a maximum jail term of three years or a fine of up to RM5,000 or both. “We have obtained a stay order on the basis that we will be appealing against the sentence and conviction,” Adam’s lawyer, Latheefa Koya, told reporters outside the courtroom. Adam was released after he posted a RM5,000 bail with one surety today.
In an immediate reaction, Human Rights Watch said Adam’s conviction and sentencing showed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s government was showing “authoritarian tendencies one usually associates with single-party rule rather than democracy”.
23 May 2013: Adam Adli charged with sedition
Adam Adli was represented by lawyers Datuk S Ambiga and N Surendran who argued for him to be released on a personal bond. “The accused has been in remand for five days quite unnecessarily. Completely unnecessary,” Ambiga said.
Student activist Adam Adli Abd Halim pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court with giving seditious speech in a forum on May 13. The offence carries a maximum fine of RM5,000 or three years’ jail or both.
Student activist Adam Adli Abd Halim has been charged with uttering seditious words at forum on May 13.
The 24-year-old student activist claimed trial before sessions judge Norsharidah Awang.
He was charged with uttering a seditious statement on May 13, that there is a need to take to the streets to grab power and kick Umno and BN out of Putrajaya.
The court set bail at RM5,000 on one surety and fixed July 2 for mention of the case.
The charge under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948, carries a jail term of not less than three years or a maximum fine of RM5,000 or both.
Police arrest 18 Adam Adli protesters outside Jinjang police station
Sebelum ini, Adam telah ditahan di Bangsar Utama pada 18 Mei lalu di bawah Seksyen 4 (1) C Akta Hasutan dan Seksyen 124 B Kanun Keseksaan.
Police arrested 18, including four women, at a candlelight vigil for detained student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim at the Jinjang police station here last night.
At least 1,000 had gathered outside the police station since 8pm.
Roads leading to the police station were barricaded since evening as police stood watch to keep the protesters away from the entrance of the police station.
It is learnt when Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo was giving his speech to the crowd at 9.45pm, he was told by a senior police officer that the crowd was given 10minutes to disperse.
Student activist Khalid Ismath then attempted to negotiate with the police for an additional 30 minutes, however, the latter only agreed to an extra 10, said the report.
The second 10-minute notice was issued as Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo was speaking to the crowd.
Police then began widened the security cordon around the Jinjang police station and picked up those who refused to leave the area.
Minutes later, the cops moved in and there were reportedly several scuffles and the supporters ran off. However, 18 were detained.
This was the fifth night that crowds of protesters held candlelight vigils outside the police station in support of the release of the activist.
Amnesty International says Adam Adli should be released immediately
Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Malaysian student activist Adam Adli, who was arrested under the Sedition Act solely for peacefully expressing his views.
The Malaysian government must stop using the Sedition Act and provisions in the Penal Code to stifle people’s right to free expression, and it must release all those who have been arrested merely for the peaceful expression of their political beliefs or dissenting opinions.
Amnesty International calls on the Malaysian government to repeal section 124(b) of the Penal Code. In addition, it must release Adam Adli from detention immediately and unconditionally. The Malaysian authorities must ensure that peaceful political dissent is protected both in law and practice.
Section 124(B) is overly broad and vague. It imposes a chilling effect on free expression in violation of Malaysia’s constitution and international legal obligations. It gives an unfettered discretion to police officers to arrest and detain a person.
Malaysians send their love and support to Adam Adli on Facebook
Lawyer says Adam Adli subjected to long interrogations and not given blanket or pillow to sleep
Fadiah who met Adam Adli with his father, Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, at the Jinjang police detention centre at 1.30pm today, had to wait a long time before they could see him.
“Halim and I were then led into a room where we met Adam Adli, who was behind a glass panel. We had difficulty communicating with him and for me, being his lawyer, it was difficult to ask for instructions,” Fadiah said.
Adam Adli Abdul Halim has been subjected to interrogation for two days in a row and was not even given a pillow or a blanket to sleep, said lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, who visited student activist today.
The lawyer said Adam told her that he was subject to continuous interrogation from 10am to 6pm on Sunday and Monday, with the police asking him the same questions over and over again.
However, Fadiah said Adam chose to remain quiet, stopped answering the repetitive questions and told the interrogating officer to watch the video recording of his speech.
Fadiah ( right ) said the meeting lasted less than 30 minutes and that she does not know whether the police will apply to extend Adam Adli’s five-day remand order, which expires tomorrow.
Police say handcuffing Adam Adli was part of standard operating procedure (SOP)
Police yesterday rubbished the claims over a photo of student activist Adam Adli being handcuffed, which has been circulating on the Internet, was taken at the Jinjang police station where the latter is currently being remanded.
“However, the use of handcuffs is a standard operating procedure used during all arrests and on detainees (while being transported) except for juveniles,” Sentul OCPD ACP Zakaria Pagan said.
He said detainees would be handcuffed when they were taken out of the lock-up for security reason and student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim, who was arrested on Saturday for his involvement in a May 13 forum last Saturday, was no exception.
Over 2,000 people gathered in Jinjang police HQ for Adam Adli’s freedom
Over 2,000 people converged in front of the Jinjang police headquarters here last night to demand for the release of student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim.
About 200 Malaysians gathered at the Jinjang Police Station last night, from 8.30pm onwards with candles and placcards and shouted ‘Hidup Rakyat’, ‘Bebas Adam’ whilst police were overlooking. Spotted amongst the crowd were architect Sek San and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah.
According to fellow activist Mandeep Singh, the vigil is being organised by Adam’s friends and supporters who will be camping overnight in front of the remand centre.
Thugs distrupted Adam Adli’s candlelight vigil Penang; Kuantan also showed their support
A candlelight vigil by some 30 people in front of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) showing solidarity with detained student Adam Adli Abdul Hamid was disrupted by a rowdy group last night.
The thugs, numbering about 10, shoved a student and Suaram coordinator Sean Ho and hit two journalists on their arms during the vigil.
The protesters were shouted at by the rowdy gang which turned up soon after the vigil began, but they stopped shouting when Penang Deputy Chief MInister I Rashid Hasnon delivered his speech.
These Malaysians stand in solidarity with Adam Adli
Adam Adli arrested by police for sedition
Student activist Adam Adli Abd Halim has been remanded for five days until May 23 following his arrest for sedition. City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said the remand order was to help police investigate on statements he made during a May 13 forum.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh confirmed that Adam Adli was arrested in Bangsar at 3.15pm yesterday under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act over the statements he made during the forum.
“The subject is being detained at the Jinjang Police Station lock-up regarding an investigation under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948,” he said in a short messaging service (SMS) to Bernama, here today.
The section prohibits discourse deemed as seditious and if found guilty under the act, Adam could be jailed for up to three years, fined not more than RM5,000 or both.
Lawyer Eric Paulsen said Adam Adli was also being investigated under Section 124(B) of the Penal Code, which carries a 20-year maximum imprisonment for anybody found guilty of “directly or indirectly, committing an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy”.
Adam’s father Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, 52, who was also at the club, said he was proud of Adam’s fight for academic and democratic freedom and would support his son’s struggle.
Why was Adam arrested?
He is believed to have been arrested over the remarks he made during a post-election forum organised by Suara Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) on May 13 at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur.
Adam Adli, 24, had apparently told a forum at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall this week that Malaysians “cannot wait for five years to overthrow Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN)”.
During the forum, Adam had joined several other anti-government NGOs in calling for a massive street rally to express unhappiness over the fraud that happened related to electoral process in the country during the 13th General election that was held on 5th May 2013.
He was echoing similar calls made by Asalkan Bukan Umno (ABU) founder Haris Ibrahim and political activist Hishammuddin Rais, who also spoke at the forum on democracy and electoral reforms.
SUARAM says to Adam Adli’s detention is unlawful, release him unconditionally
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) has condemned the arbitrary and unlawful detention of student activist Adam Adli under Section 4 of the Sedition Act.
SUARAM condemns the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Adam which seems to merely aim at sanctioning his peaceful activities and his freedom of expression in the framework of the campaign against the alleged frauds that happened during the General election.
SUARAM requests your urgent intervention in the following detention of Mr Adam Adli, Student Activist from Malaysia. SUARAM is dedicated to the protection of Human Rights Defenders and aims to offer them concrete support in their time of need.
SUARAM urge the police to show respect of the people’s freedom of expression and release Adam Adli immediately. The police have started their hunting since post-election. All this harassment and intimidation against human rights defenders must stop now.
Adam Adli supporters hold candle light vigil in Jinjang for his freedom
Adam Adli lowering Najib’s flag fiasco
Dec 17 2011— Adam Adli Abdul Halim would have just been another student activist until his act of bringing down a banner bearing a picture of Datuk Seri Najib Razak during a peaceful demonstration.
Adam created a stir after he lowered a flag depicting Umno head and premier Najib Abdul Razak at Umno’s headquarters in the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) during the rally, replacing it with a pro-students banner.
Jan 9 2012- Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim has been suspended for three semesters – a total of 18 months – over charges of damaging the reputation of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
About Adam Adli, 24-year-old student activist
Adam Adli said his interest in student activism dates back to 2010 when he was banned from campus elections for participating in Demonstrasi Air 2009, a protest against the Selangor water price hike.
The third-year student is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Education in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and is in his fifth semester.
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