Lokman Adam was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for making and initiating the transmission of offensive communication to annoy others.
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Former UMNO supreme council member Datuk Lokman Adam pleaded not guilty to two charges of making and initiating the transmission of offensive communication against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and the Malaysian government.
The plea was recorded in front of Kuala Lumpur Session Court Judge, Nor Hasniah Ab Razak earlier today.
According to The Star, Lokman had been charged with committing the offence on Facebook using the profile name “Lokman Noor Adam Official” with the intention of annoying others.
The first charge involving a post against Ismail was allegedly committed at 11pm on 20 August.
For the second charge against the Malaysian government, Lokman allegedly committed the offence at 10.28am on 22 August.
Both charges were framed under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and punishable under Section 233 (3) of the same law.
Lokman, 49, faces a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to one year, and a fine of RM1,000 for each day the offence continues if found guilty.
Judge Nor Hasniah had granted Lokman a bail of RM8,000 with one surety on each charge.
She also ordered Lokman not to post any statement on the case on social media.
The court also fixed 26 September for the case’s mention.
The prosecution was handled by Nadia Mohd Izhar while Lokman was represented by lawyer Logen Eskander.
Yesterday, Ismail’s special officer Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff lodged a police report against Lokmat in Putrajaya claiming that the UMNO man had defamed the prime minister through a live Facebook broadcast with regards to a purported agreement between Ismail and former premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president.
Lokman had claimed that there was a special agreement between Ismail when he took over the administration from Muhyiddin with regard to the position of the attorney general.