Three men fined over smear posters of Ambiga, Guan Eng
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 — Three men were fined RM700 each, in default 14 days’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for pasting posters containing pictures and words that insulted Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.
Magistrate Zulkpli Abdullah handed down the sentence on Muhammad Nizam Ali, Hamzah Mahmood and Shahir Saarani after they changed their plea from not guilty to guilty.
However, two others, Mohd Norizam Che Othman, 31, and Mohd Jamil Jamaluddin, 36, who were charged with them, maintained their not guilty plea.
The court maintained their bail at RM1,000 in one surety each and set September 4 for mention.
Muhammad Nizam, 24, a clerk at a private hospital; Hamzah, 32, a driver with a consultant company; and Shahir Saarani, 30, a technician, were jointly charged with five others still at large, with committing the offence at Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail here, at 3.40am last February 4.
The posters had pictures and words like “Lim Guan Eng Racist”,”Lim Guan Eng Anti Melayu” (Lim Guan Eng Anti-Malay) and “Undi Ambiga Undi Seks Bebas” (Vote Ambiga Vote Free Sex).
Deputy public prosecutor Haderiah Siri prosecuted, while the accused were represented by lawyer Rezal Mazli Abdul Muin. — Bernama