Five convicted for taking part in anti-ISA protest

Five people were today convicted for taking part in a protest against the Internal Security Act (ISA) three years ago and sentenced to one day’s jail and a RM2,000 fine each, Bernama Online reported.

The five — Mohamad Sukri Mohamad Sirat, 27, Syaza Muaz Shaharudin, 22, Norazam Sakib, 47, Zul Sifli Kamma Kutty, 26, and Hayati Abd Samad, 62 — were earlier charged with being involved in an illegal assembly at the National Mosque here on August 1, 2009.

The charge proffered under Section 27 (5) (a) of the Police Act 1967 meant the five could have been jailed up to a year and fined a maximum of RM10,000 each.


According to the report, trial judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad today ruled that the five had failed to challenge the prosecution’s case against them.

Ainul allowed a stay of execution on the custodial sentence pending an appeal, although all five paid the fines.

On February 22, another group of 11 people were also given identical sentences for their participation at the same protest.