KUALA LUMPUR: DAP vice-chairman and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here to a charge of sedition over a video clip she is alleged to have published on Feb 1 this year in conjunction with the Chinese New Year.
Kok, 50, was charged with committing the offence at a unit of the Putra Ria Apartments in Jalan Bangsar, Brickfields, at about 9 am on that date.
Judge Norsharidah Awang set June 9 for case management and four days from Sept 2 for the trial.
She granted Kok bail of RM4,000 with one surety. Kok nodded to indicate she understood the charge, under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948, after it was read out to her.
The charge provides for a maximum fine of RM5,000 or a jail term of up to three years, or both, upon conviction.
An elected representative will be disqualified from holding the post if he or she is fined more than RM2,000 or sentenced to a jail term of more than one year for any offence.
Datuk Param Cumaraswamy, who led a team of five lawyers representing Kok, sought a personal bond for the MP pending the trial.
Another of Kok’s lawyers, S.N. Nair, said only a personal bond was necessary as Kok would not skip attending court.
However, deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad asked the court to set a reasonable amount of bail to ensure that Kok attended court.
He also told the court that the prosecution proposed to call between 10 and 15 witnesses for the trial. — BERNAMA