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PETALING JAYA, Dec 8, 2015:

Former Rembau PKR chief Badrul Hisham Shahrin, or popularly known as Chegubard has been charged for the second time under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) for failing to provide notice 10 days prior to organising the Selangor voters’ appreciation assembly two years ago.

He was slapped with a charge under Section 9(1) of the PAA 2012 read together with Section 9(5) of the same act over his alleged offence at Padang Timur, Dataran Petaling Jaya, Jalan Timur, Petaling Jaya, near here at 5pm on May 25, 2013.

The section carries a fine up to RM10,000 upon conviction.

He pleaded not guilty when the charge was read out to him before Sessions Court judge Yasmin Abdul Razak.

The court has fixed Jan 16 until Jan 18 for trial to continue from the juncture when Chegubard, 35, was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal last year.

It is learnt that seven witnesses took the stand during the proceedings last year.

Defence counsel Haijan Omar appered for Chegubard while DPP Shafiq Hasim prosecuted.

Chegubard is the second to join the ranks of those who were slapped with the same charge under PAA despite having been granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.

Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was another who was handed a similar charge under the same provision for the third time for failing to provide notice prior to organising the Black 505 rally at the Kelana Jaya Stadium three days after the 13th general election on May 5.

Thr PKR Youth chief, was first acquitted by the Court of Appeal in April last year for his offence under Section 9(1) of PAA that is punishable under Section 9(5) of the same act.

Subsequently, he was also granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the Sessions Court in May last year.

He, however, was charged again in Oct 6 this year for the same offence and the case has since been transferred to Shah Alam High Court.

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