Buzze Azam Pleads Not Guilty to Inciting Racial Sentiments

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Lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, also known as Buzze Azam, pleaded not guilty at the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur today to a charge of uploading a post on his Facebook page that could stir racial sentiments, last month.

Khairul, 43, who is also Parti Bumiputera Pekasa Malaysia (Putra) vice-president, made the plea after the charges against him were read out before magistrate Wong Chai Sia under Section 505 (c) of the Penal Code, which provides for a maximum prison term of two years or a fine or both, upon conviction.

It was alleged Khairul posted a statement: “Bangsa Cina dan India takde dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan (Chinese and Indians are not in the federal constitution)” at 5.39pm on January 14.

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The post was viewed at the Cyber Crime and Multimedia Investigation Division, Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Bukit Aman, Level 27, Menara KPJ at 1.15pm on January 16.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Sophian Zakaria offered RM20,000 bail saying that it was a serious offence.

“The offence is a serious one in view of today’s political climate…the statement issued by the accused, could have led to racial tensions,” he said.

Counsel Syed Azimal Amir Syed Abu Bakar represented Khairul.

The court set bail at RM6,000 in one surety, along with additional conditions to report to Gombak police headquarters every month and surrender his passport to the court.

The case will be mentioned on March 26.