KUALA LUMPUR: Five activists were freed by the Sessions Court today from their charge of participating in a rally at a prohibited area, five years ago.

Judge Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin acquitted and discharged Adam Adli Abd Halim, 30, Muhammad Safwan Anang@Talib, 29, Ekhsan Bukharee Badarul Hisham, 27, Mohamed Bukhairy Mohamed Sofian, 28, and Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin, 38, after finding that the prosecution had failed to establish a reasonable doubt in the case.

A total of five prosecution witnesses and five defence witnesses were called in to testify during the trial which began on Dec 11, 2013.


Five activists were freed by the Sessions Court today from their charge of participating in a rally at a prohibited area, five years ago. (NSTP file pic)

The five were charged with participating in a 'Blackout 505' assembly in a restricted area in the vicinity of Masjid Ar-Rahman, Universiti Malaya, in Jalan Pantai Baharu, here, between noon and 1.15pm on June 22, 2013.

The charge under Section 4(2)(b) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 carries a maximum fine of RM10,000, if convicted.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurulhuda Nuraini Mohd Nor prosecuted while the five were represented by counsel Eric Paulsen and A. Jeyaseelan.

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(NSTP file pic)

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