KUALA LUMPUR, 7 May 2009: The Sessions Court here today dismissed the appeal of Hindu Rights Action Front (Hindraf) legal advisor PUthayakumar to be free from his sedition charge.
Judge Sabariah Othman retained the charge after ruling that the defence had failed to show that the consent to prosecute from the Attorney-General was based on suspicion or prejudice.
She then fixed five days starting 3 Aug for trial.
On 11 Dec 2007, Uthayakumar, 46, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here to publishing on the Police Watch website a letter from Hindraf adressed to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, which was said to have seditious contents.
The offence was allegedly committed at No.8-10-5, Menara Mutiara Bangsar, Bangsar, between 15 Nov and 8 Dec 2007.
The charge under section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948 carries a maximum RM5,000 fine or three years jail, or both, on conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran appeared for the prosecution while Uthayakumar was represented by counsel N Surendren. — Bernama