Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and seven others today pleaded not guilty for participating in the #KitaLawan rallies held earlier this year.
Chin, Jingga 13 chairman Mohd Fariz Musa, Bersih 2.0 secretariat manager Mandeep Singh, Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, activist Adam Adli Abd Halim, Teja statesman Chang Lih Kang, Batu MP special officer Rozan Azen Mat Rasep and PKR member Lee Chean Chung were all charged under Section 4(2)(c) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for taking part in the street protests on February 21 and March 28.
Only Fariz was slapped with two charges for taking part in the #KitaLawan street protests held on both dates.
All the accused were granted with RM500 bail each in one surety.
They were represented by lawyers Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Ram Karpal Singh, Amer Hamzah Arshad, Eric Paulsen and Latheefa Koya.
Meanwhile, the ninth accused, former PAS Youth treasurer Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar was charged with sedition for a speech made during the #KitaLawan protest in February.
He also claimed trial to the charge.
Magistrate Muhammad Faizal Ismail granted RM1,000 bail with surety to Fakhrulrazi.
Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah was also supposed to be charged with sedition today but was postponed on health grounds.
The #KitaLawan rallies which took place in front of the Sogo shopping complex and at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) were held to protest against the jailing of former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the goods and services tax (GST) and the Barisan Nasional leadership. – September 8, 2015.
BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA, The Malaysian Insider