Wan Ji gets a stay of execution on his jail term

Wan Ji gets a stay of execution on his jail term

SHAH ALAM: Independent Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin succeeded in obtaining a stay of execution on his one-year jail term for insulting royalty, pending an appeal after Shah Alam High Court judge Abdul Halim Aman allowed the application by legal counsel Radzlan Jalaluddin.

Prosecution was conducted by DPP Mohd Asnawi Abu Hanipah.

Wan Ji, a PKR Religious Bureau member, had his 2014 nine-month jail term for sedition enhanced to one year by the same High Court on Tuesday.

Wan Ji is in the midst of completing his PhD in Islamic Studies at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan.

The sedition charge was over a Facebook post about the Selangor ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

On that day, Wan Ji, 37, was ordered to begin his sentence at the Kajang Prison immediately.

An oral application by Radzlan for a stay of execution pending an appeal on the sentence was dismissed with the judge instructing the defence to file a formal application.

Tuesday’s outcome followed an appeal by the prosecution on an earlier sentence by a lower court which found Wan Ji guilty of insulting the Selangor ruler.

The charge, under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948, carries a maximum jail term of three years, as well as a maximum fine of RM5,000.

The one-year sentence was criticised by several quarters, including PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who said it was too harsh and inconsistent with democratic reform.

Pakatan Harapan Youth upped the pressure against the act as a result of the sentence against Wan Ji.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the government will repeal the Sedition Act as soon as possible before replacing it with a new law, which is currently being fine-tuned.

By: K Pragalath

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