Crime & Courts

(UPDATED) A-GC rejects Papagomo's bid to drop sedition charge

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General's Chambers (A-GC) has rejected the representation submitted by controversial blogger Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, also known as Papagomo.

Muhammad Azri sent the letter in his bid to drop the sedition charge of making an inflammatory statement, specifically that the government is pro-Israel and pro-West.

Representations are usually made to the A-GC seeking the withdrawal or reduction of charges preferred against an accused.

Deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Deepa Nair Thevaharan who appeared for the A-GC said she had received instructions to continue with the case.

She said the prosecution received Muhammad Azri's letter on April 18 and A-GC made the decision to reject it today.

Judge Siti Aminah Ghazali then fixed July 4 for case management.

On Jan 8, Muhammad Azri, 41, pleaded not guilty for allegedly making seditious remarks that the government of today was pro-Israel and that the nation was in a 'dangerous position'.

The offence under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 is punishable under Section 4(1) of the same Act.

It carries a fine not more than RM5,000 or maximum three years jail or both if convicted.

He was released on a RM7,000 bail.

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