17 charged over Bersih rally

Beh Lih Yi | Dec 10, 07 6:30pm

Seventeen people, including opposition leaders Tian Chua, Mohamad Sabu and N Gobalakrishnan, were today charged with illegal assembly at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court in connection with the Nov 10 mass rally organised by polls reform group Bersih.

In additional to that, all of them, except for Tian Chua and Mohamad Sabu, also faced a second charge of disobeying a police order to disperse.
The Bersih supporters, all charged under the Penal Code or alternatively under the Police Act, claimed trial.
Sessions Judge Rozina Ali Yusoff granted bail between RM1,000 and RM5,000 to the accused persons despite fierce objection from attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail who personally led the prosecution.
Hearing has been fixed from Feb 11 to 13 next year.
Tian Chua and Mohamad Sabu were given bail at the maximum amount with one guarantor each while Gobalakrishnan was given bail at RM3,000.
PKR leader Tian Chua and PAS’ Mohamad Sabu were arrested yesterday in Johor Baru and Ipoh respectively and brought to Kuala Lumpur to face the charge.
[Full report to follow]