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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13, 2015:

The Sessions Court today ordered 15 out of 33 activists to enter their defence for participating in an illegal assembly two years ago outside Parliament.

Among them are Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia president Badrul Hisham Shaharin (popularly known as Chegubard), student-activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim and Annie Ooi (Aunty Bersih).

At the end of the prosecution’s case, judge Abdul Rashid Daud discharged and acquitted the remaining 18 out of the 33.

All were charged under Section 143 of the Penal Code for participating in the illegal assembly on June 24, 2013, after they were deterred from entering Parliament to hand over a memorandum asking for Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof to step down.

The Section provides a maximum jail sentence of up to six months, or a fine, or both if convicted.

Meanwhile, of the 17 who were slapped with another charge under Section 147 of the same act for rioting during the illegal assembly, 10 were ordered to enter their defence while the remaining seven walked free from court.

If convicted under Section 147, the 10 could face up to two years in jail, or a fine, or both.

Adam Adli and Chegubard were among those who were ordered to enter their defence for both charges.

The court fixed Jan 26 for hearing of the case.

The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor Suhaimi Ibrahim while defence counsel Razlan Jamaludin and Michelle Yesudas appeared for the 33 activists.

Nine people were conspicuously missing during the proceedings this morning including Adam Adli who is currently abroad in Myanmar.

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