KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — The High Court here today upheld the RM6,000 fine and conviction imposed by a lower court on former Rembau PKR chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin and eight others for participating in an illegal assembly and rioting.
Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah made the decision after dismissing their appeal against their conviction and sentence imposed by Sessions Court judge Abdul Rashid Daud on May 31 last year.
Besides Badrul Hisham, also known as Chegubard, the other appellants are Adam Adli Abdul Halim; Muhammad Safwan Anang@Talib; Norazimah Mohamad Nor; Ahmad Shauqie Abdul Aziz; Ahmad Syukri Che Ab Razab; Lim Sue Pei; Edy Noor Reduan and Md Sani Md Shah.
They were fined RM2,000 each, in default three months’ jail, for participating in the assembly with intention to cause public nuisance at Jalan Parlimen between 9.15 am and 11.25 am on June 24, 2013.
The charge, under Section 143 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to six months, or fine, or both, upon conviction.
On the charge for rioting, under Section 143 of the Penal Code, they were fined RM4,000 each, in default six months’ jail.
The court also upheld the conviction and sentence of RM2,000 meted out against Muhammad Aiman Hakim Zainal, Annie Ooi Siew Lan and Mah Chee Hoe for participating in the same assembly.
In the judgment, Azman said after studying the appeal record and submissions by both parties, the court found that it was safe to uphold the conviction by the Sessions Court judge.
He said the court was also satisfied that the punishment meted out was not severe.
“The Sessions Court judge imposed a light sentence on the grounds that no weapon was used and there was no damage to public property,” he said.
Deputy public prosecutor Zalina Awang@Mamat prosecuted, while lawyers Haijan Omar and Zulhazmi Shariff represented all the appellants. — Bernama