Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Anwar and Azmin to be charged over Bersih rally

PETALING JAYA: PKR leaders Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali are expected to be charged on Tuesday in relation to the Bersih rally on April 28.
The PKR de facto leader and the PKR deputy president are expected to be charged for breaching the court order barring the public from entering Dataran Merdeka that day.
The duo are the first persons to be charged under the new Peaceful Assembly Act.
According to a writ of summons served to Azmin, he is accused of violating Section 188, 109 and 34 of the Penal Code.
Section 188 refers to "disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant", while Section 109 and Section 34 are on abetting and incitement.
The notice to Azmin said he and five others had conspired with R Tangam, G Rajesh Kumar and Farhan Ibrahim @ Alias to breach a court order issued by Magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir on April 26.
Azmin is accused of abetting and inciting Tangam, Rajesh Kumar and Farhan to breach the barricade around Dataran Merdeka.
A separate notice lists a charge under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, noting that Azmin participated in a street protest with the intention of violating Zaki Asyraf's court order.
Anwar's lawyer Sankara Nair confirmed that both have been asked to appear at Magistrate's Court in Kuala Lumpur at 9am on Tuesday.
Anwar and Azmin were accused of inciting the crowd to breach the barricade after video clips of the two gesturing at each other in front of the historic site emerged.

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