AGC rejects guilty plea with conditions by DAP lawmakers

 |Feb 3, 2017
Chong Chieng Jen (right) and Julian Tan Kok Ping.
Chong Chieng Jen (right) and Julian Tan Kok Ping.

The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has rejected the representation by Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen and Stampin MP Julian Tan Kok Ping to plead guilty with two conditions to a charge of illegal assembly.

The decision was announced by the prosecutor at the Sessions Court in Kuching on Thursday before Judge Steve Ritikos.

Chong, also the Sarawak DAP chairman, and Tan were charged with allegedly taking part in the Bersih 4 rally that began at the Kuching Hilton and ended at the Song Kheng Hai rugby grounds on Aug 29, 2015.

The representation was made on Thursday morning to the senior federal counsel (SFC) – which was the first day of the case’s trial.

Their representation to the SFC was that they would plead guilty to the charge on two conditions – the fine must be less than RM2,000 and there would not be an appeal from the prosecutor against the sentence.

The charge under Section 4(1)(c) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 provides a maximum fine of RM10,000 upon conviction.

If the fine is above RM2,000 they will be disqualified as MPs and also would not be eligible to seek re-election in the next general election (GE14). – Borneo Post