The pro-opposition political activist pleaded not guilty to the charge and the court allowed him bail of RM3,000 with one surety
Kuala Lumpur – Activist Mohd Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin was charged in the Sessions Court here again on Thursday (Feb 17) with improper use of network facilities by sending offensive communications through social media.
According to the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), the 45-year-old political activist known as Fahmi Reza pleaded not guilty to the charge which was read out before Judge M M Edwin Paramjothy.
He was charged with knowingly making and initiating the transmission of offensive communications on the ban of liquor sale in the country with the intention of annoying others through his Facebook page, using the profile “Fahmi Reza”, at 11.45 am on June 1, 2021.
The post was then read at a unit at Pangsapuri Melur, Sentul Perdana, Bandar Baru Sentul here, at 9am the following day (June 2, 2021).
The charge, framed under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, is punishable under Section 233 (3) of the same act, which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both and shall be further fined RM1,000 for each day the offence is continued after conviction.
The court allowed him bail of RM3,000 with one surety and set March 30 for mention.
Deputy public prosecutor Najihah Farhana Che Awang prosecuted, while Fahmi Reza was represented by lawyer Rajsurian Pillai.
Last Feb 10, Fahmi Reza pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court on a similar charge over his alleged offensive posting on the quarantine period for Cabinet ministers returning from official visits last year.
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