DAP strongly condemns the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence against DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 5.4.2014.

DAP strongly condemns the Attorney-General Chambers for filing a cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal seeking a heavier sentence against DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh, who was fined RM4,000 for sedition by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on March 11. Karpal had appealed against both his conviction and sentence which would disqualify him as DAP MP for Bukit Glugor and also barred him from holding all political posts,

Karpal had stepped down as DAP National Chairman in compliance with the Societies Act. The Court of Appeal could impose the maximum RM5,000 fine or a maximum of 3 years jail. Deputy public prosecutor Noorin Badaruddin had pressed for a deterrent sentence and even threatened the High Court that failure to impose a heavy sentence on Karpal would be disrespectful of the Royalty.

By wanting to jail Karpal at all costs is clearly political motivated to finish off Karpal’s political career. DAP will stand solidly in solidarity with Karpal and I will recommend at the DAP CEC meeting on 7 April 2014 to reserve the post of Chairman of DAP to Karpal until he has resolved the appeal. DAP demands that the Attorney-General demonstrates its commitment to respect for international human rights, justice and freedom of expression by withdrawing their appeal.

At a time when Malaysia’s international image and reputation has suffered a beating following the MH370 airplane’s disappearance on 8th March and the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist Singamata Reef Resort off Semporna, Sabah 2 days ago, Karpal’s conviction and sentence has further tarnished Malaysia’s image. International Commission of Jurist (ICJ), Malaysian Bar Council and Lawyers for Liberty have condemned the Malaysian government for brazenly utilising a draconian and outdated sedition law to restrict freedom of expression in the country.

Lim Guan Eng

——Mandarin Version —-

槟州民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2014年4月5日在吉隆坡发表声明:

行动党严厉谴责总检察署向上诉庭入禀交互上诉,寻求更加严厉惩罚民主行动党全国主席卡巴星,他已经在3月11日被吉隆坡高庭以煽动罪成罚款4000令吉。卡巴星已经针对他的判决和刑罚提出上诉,法庭的判决和刑罚将令他丧失行动党牛汝莪国会议员资格,同时禁足他涉及所有政治职位。

卡巴星已经遵守社团法令,辞去民主行动党全国主席的职位。上诉庭可以判刑最高5000令吉罚款或3年监禁。副检察长诺林巴达鲁丁却要求更重的刑罚,甚至威胁高庭,如果不重罚卡巴星,将被视为不敬皇室。

他们想尽办法要把卡巴星关进监狱,而明显地是要结束卡巴星的政治生涯。行动党将与卡巴星站在一起,我也会在2014年4月7日的中委会议上建议让他保留民主行动党全国主席的职位直到上诉案解决。行动党要求总检察长展现它尊重国际人权、司法公义及表达自由,辙销上诉。

当马来西亚的国际形象及声誉因马航370班机在3月8日失踪、中国游客两天前在沙巴被掳走而严重受损,卡巴星的判决和刑罚将进一步打击我国的形象。国际法学家委员会、马来西亚律师公会及自由律师皆已经谴责马来西亚政府公然利用邪恶及过时的煽动法令来限制国内的言论自由。

林冠英

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