KUALA LUMPUR, 10 April 2009: The Sessions Court here fixed 16 April to decide whether to call four lawyers and three activists over their alleged participation in an illegal assembly during the “People’s Freedom Walk” on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman two years ago.
Judge SM Komathy Suppiah fixed the date after hearing submissions by Deputy Public Prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran and lead counsel M Puravelan, who is representing the seven accused.
The group faces two charges of being in an unlawful assembly and failing to adhere to police orders to disperse. The group comprises lawyers Amer Hamzah Arshad, Latheefa Beebi Koya, N Surendran and K Sivarasa; and activists Eric Paulsen, Johny Anbu @ Abu Bakar Adnan and Nooraza Othman.
The seven also face two alternative charges of taking part in the illegal assembly and failing to adhere to police orders to disperse.
The lawyers and activists allegedly committed the offences in front of the Kamdar building on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman between 8.10am and 8.50am on 9 Dec 2007. — Bernama