THE FIRST CONVICTION UNDER THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY ACT 2012
R Yuneswaran was charged with failing to notify the Johor Bahru Selatan OCPD 10 days prior to the date of the rally near the PKR office.
Johor PKR executive secretary R Yuneswaran was sent to jail today after he refused to pay a fine of RM6,000 imposed by a Sessions Court in Johor Baru that found him guilty of organising a Black 505 Rally last May.
He is believed to be the first person convicted of being an organiser of the Black 505 rally that have been held around the country by the opposition in protest against the results of the 13th general election.
Sessions judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin, found the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and ruled that the non-calling of Johor PKR chief Chua Jui Meng, who was named as the organiser of the Johor Baru rally, did not affect the prosecution’s case.
“Hence, the court sentences you to a RM6,000 fine or three months jail,” Jamil ruled in imposing the fine.
However, according to lawyer Hassan Abdul Karim for Yuneswaran, the executive secretary decided not to pay the fine in protest against the court decision.
“As a result of this, he will be sent to the Ayer Molek prison overnight. It remains uncertain whether he will pay the fine tomorrow. If he does not pay the fine there is a possibility that he will be transferred to the Kluang prison,” Hassan told Malaysiakini.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:38
PKR man refuses to pay Black505 fine, to go to jail IN PROTEST
Written by Malaysia Chronicle
KUALA LUMPUR – The Johor Baru sessions court has found R Yuneswaran, the PKR state executive secretary, guilty of breaching the controversial Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
This was the Black505 Rally he was found guilty of organizing:
Tuesday August 6, 2013 MYT 8:12:26 AM
Yuneswaran to stand trial for holding rally
JOHOR BARU: State PKR executive secretary R.Yuneswaran has been ordered to enter his defence by a Sessions Court here for violating the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
Yuneswaran, 27, was charged for failing to inform the Johor Baru South OCPD 10 days in advance before holding the “Black 505 Rally” in Puteri Wangsa, Ulu Tiram here at around 8.30pm on May 15.
Yuneswaran claimed trial to the offence under Section 9(1) of the Act on May 27.
On Aug 1, Sessions court judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin ruled that the prosecution was successful in proving a prima facie case.
He said that it was proven that Yuneswaran had in fact submitted a notification form pertaining to the rally on May 15 itself and not 10 days prior to the event as required under the act.