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Paulsen, Arul freed from sedition charges

August 15, 2018 7:13 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen and PSM's central committee member S. Arulchevan were freed from sedition charges at the sessions court today.

They were acquitted and discharged after the prosecution withdrew the charges against them.

Judge Edwin Paramjothy Michael Muniandy delivered his order after Deputy Public Prosecutor Norinna Bahadun said the prosecution would like to withdraw the charges.

Paulsen was represented by lawyer Latheefa Koya and Arulchelvan was represented by New Sin Yew.

"The Pakatan Harapan government needs to uphold their promise made in their manifesto to repeal the Sedition Act. This pre-Merdeka law which was inherited from the British needs to go. You can charge people under the Penal Code or other laws," Paulsen told the media when met outside the courtroom.

While Arulchelvan quipped that if the government is serious about saving money, then they should stop charging and investigating people under the Sedition Act.

Paulsen was charged after he allegedly accused the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) of promoting extremism.

He tweeted on his handle @ericpaulsen101 that, "Jakim is promoting extremism every Friday. The government needs to address that if serious about extremism in Malaysia".

He was charged under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act for the offence which was allegedly committed at 8pm on Jan 10, 2015.

Arutchelvan was charged with criticising the Federal Court's decision on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction in a Facebook post in his capacity as PSM's secretary-general.

He was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act on Feb 10, 2015.


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