KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22, 2015:

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) central committee member S. Arutchelvan will submit a letter of representation to the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ (AGC) requesting for his charge under the Sedition Act to be dropped.

The 48-year-old was charged on Nov 23 this year under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly uttering a seditious statement criticising the judiciary system following former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction in February this year.

When Arutchelvan’s case came up before Sessions Court judge Amernudin Ahmad this morning, his lawyer, New Sin Yew informed the court that he would send a letter of representation to the AGC soon.

The court then fixed Jan 26 for the next re-mention.

When met outside the courtroom, New said he is requesting for the AGC to drop the charge against his client as it is in violation with his freedom of speech and expression.

“It was a political statement as he made it as a secretary-general.

“If you begin prosecuting someone based on their political views, other political parties would have to be afraid,” he said.

Arutchelvan in his trademark red T-shirt and black vest arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex at 9am for his case.

He was slapped with the charge under Section 4 (1) (c) for allegedly publishing the statement titled “PSM statement — 10 February 2015 Political Judgment — Beyond Reasonable Doubt!”

Alternatively, he was charged under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act for using an application to publish a statement on Facebook to annoy others.

The statement among others, stated “The highest court has unanimously put to shame our criminal justice and judiciary beyond repair”.

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