PETALING JAYA (June 5): Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia founder Badrul Hisham Shaharin claimed trial today to organising a rally here last month without informing the police.
Badrul Hisham, more popularly known as Chegubard, was charged under Section 9 (1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court.
Badrul Hisham, who is also a PKR member, was accused of failing to give the police a minimum 10 days' notice prior to organising the Blackout 505 rally at Padang Timur on May 25.
If convicted, he can be fined up to RM10,000.
Judge Yasmin Abdul Razak released him without bail as the accused had "voluntarily appeared before court" and "as long as he continues to appear at court on the dates required".
She fixed July 9 for case management and for Badrul Hisham, who was unrepresented today, to appoint a lawyer.
The prosecution was conducted by DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin.
Speaking to the press after his hearing, Badrul Hisham alleged that he was charged due to the "political games" being played by Umno prior to the party elections expected to be held by year end.
"The new Home Minister (Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi) should watch himself. This is all a political game between (Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohammad) and (Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Abdul Razak).
"By being overzealous in executing his duties, the people and Zahid will be the victims," claimed Badrul Hisham.
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