“It is also hoped that this sentence will serve as a deterrent to others in future” – Sessions Court judge, Hasbi Hasan, in meting out a sentence of 1 week’s jail and fine of RM3,000 against Eyzva Ezhar Ramli and a fine of RM3,000 against Mohd Azmir Mohd Zain, both of whom pleaded guilty to sedition charges in relation to the cow head protest last August. Malaysiakini has the report HERE.
It appears that in exchange for this plea of guilt, four others who also faced sedition charges in relation to that protest received discharges not amounting to an acquittal.
In theory, the prosecution could always bring these 4 to face these same charges at a later date.
In reality, these 4 will probably never have to lose sleep over this matter again.
Who are these 4?
I don’t know who the other two are, but Ahmad Mahayuddin Abd Manaf is the individual sitting on the left of the Home Minister in the video clip below. Ibrahim Sabri is standing directly behind the minister. During the protest, Mahayuddin was in a yellow shirt, whilst Ibrahim is the one in the blue shirt.
They were the main actors in that ugly protest.
On the day that they were charged, Mahayuddin went on to make further racist statements outside the court in Shah Alam.
It appears that, like in the Altantuya case, bit players get roasted whilst the main perpetrators remain at large to continue to do what they do best.
Or was the rationale for the dropped charges to shield the identity of those on whose instructions those main perpetrators acted ever coming out should the trial have proceeded?
Whatever, one has to ask how a jail sentence of 1 week and a fine of RM3,000 serves as a deterrent to anyone contemplating such further acts of racism?