'Bersih 10' charged with illegal assembly

Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Jan 17, 08

Ten polls reform group Bersih supporters – including several opposition leaders – were today charged with illegal assembly by breaching a police ban to gather at the Parliament on Dec 11.

All 10 of them claimed trial to the charge at the Jalan Duta magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur. They have been offered bail at RM1,000 each. The hearing will take place on June 23 to 26.
They were charged under Section 27 of the Police Act which stipulates the need for a police permit to gather in a public place.
If found guilty, they face a fine of RM2,000 to RM10,000 or imprisonment of not more than a year.
Among the key opposition party leaders charged were PAS treasurer Dr Hatta Ramli, the party’s central committee member Dr Lo’Lo’ Ghazali and Parti Socialist Malaysia pro-tem chairperson Dr Nasir Hashim.
Intentional provocation
Meanwhile another Bersih supporter, Norazimah Mohd Noor is also expected to be charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code with intentionally provoking a police officer on the same day.
If found guilty, she faces a maximum of two-year jail sentence or a fine or both.
All these Bersih supporters were arrested along Jalan Parlimen on Dec 11 when they were on their way to submit a memorandum to the Parliament on the constitutional amendment to extend the retirement age of election commissioners.
Last week PKR’s information chief Tian Chua was charged with causing injury to a policeman on Dec 11 last year while resisting arrest for taking part in the illegal assembly.
He claimed trial to the charge under Section 332 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt to Constable Rosyaidi Anuar and deterring him from performing his duty.