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KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — Five activists were acquitted and discharged by the Sessions Court here today on a charge of participating in a rally in the compound of Masjid Ar-Rahman Universiti Malaya, which is a restricted area, five years ago.
They were Muhammad Safwan Anang, 29; Ekhsan Bukharee Badarul Hisham, 27; Adam Adli Abd Halim, 30; Mohamed Bukhari Mohamed Sufian, 28; and Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin, 38.
Judge Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin freed all of them after finding that the prosecution had failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt at the end of the defence case.
The five activists were alleged to have committed the offence between noon and 1.15pm on June 22, 2013, and were charged under Section 4(2)(b) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 in connection with the Blackout 505 rally.
The charge carries a maximum fine of RM10,000 upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Nurulhuda Nuraini Mohd Nor prosecuted, while Muhammad Safwan, Ekhsan Bukharee, Adam Adly, Mohamed Bukhari were represented by lawyer Eric Paulsen. Khairul Anuar was represented by counsel A. Jeyaseelan. — Bernama