KUALA LUMPUR — February 24, 2016: The Sessions Court has ordered Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Tian Chua to enter his defence for a sedition charge.
Judge Abdul Rashid Daud made the decision after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a prima facie case. The court set two days for trial in April.
Tian Chua or Chua Tian Chang, 53, was charged on May 29, 2013, with making a seditious statement at a public forum to incite the people to change the government through unlawful means.
He allegedly committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Assembly here on May 13, 2013.
The charge, under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act, carries a maximum fine of RM5,000 or three years in jail, or both, upon conviction.
The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim and the accused by New Sin Yew. — Bernama