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The prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.
We’re concerned that the Sedition Act 1948 is being used to impose restrictions on members of the legal profession and others who express criticism regarding the actions of State authorities when representing their clients.
In August 2014, two separate sedition charges were brought against N Surendran under the Malaysian Sedition Act 1948 for comments he made while acting as the legal representative of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a criminal appeal on sodomy charges.
One charge relates to comments he made about the decision rendered by the Federal Court in Putrajaya against his client Mr Ibrahim.
The second charge concerns the publication of these comments on YouTube on 8 August 2014.
We understand that, on 24 June 2016, the High Court of Kuala Lumpur decided that the Sedition Act is constitutional, and the charges brought against Mr Surendran are valid.
We understand that Mr Surendran has appealed this judgment.
We urged the relevant authorities to:
March 2014 – we sent a letter to the prime minister
August 2014 – two separate sedition charges were brought against Mr Surendran
October 2014 – we sent a letter to the prime minister
April 2015 – we sent a letter to the prime minister
June 2016 – the High Court of Kuala Lumpur decided that the Sedition Act is constitutional, and the charges brought against Mr Surendran are valid