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Malaysian opposition lawmaker found guilty of sedition

A Malaysian court found a veteran opposition leader guilty of sedition Friday in the latest use of a law the government had pledged to abolish in the run-up to elections last year. Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Karpal Singh slammed the Sedition Act as a "relic", and called the case against him unfair. "It's political intimidation," Karpal, 73, told AFP. The outspoken, wheelchair-bound parliamentarian was found guilty of insulting one of the country's nine state sultans during a tussle over political control of Perak state in 2009.

Malaysian sex bloggers charged with sedition for eating pork during Ramadan

A Malaysian couple known for a sexually explicit blog were charged Thursday with sedition after they caused outrage by posting a Ramadan greeting on Facebook which showed them eating pork. Alvin Tan, 25, and Vivian Lee, 24, pleaded not guilty to publishing or distributing a "seditious publication" and two other charges in a Kuala Lumpur district court in Muslim-majority Malaysia, a court official said. They were denied bail and so will be jailed pending trial, she said. The next court date has been set for August 23.

Zambia charges two journalists with sedition

Zambia charged two journalists with sedition late Wednesday in what their lawyer said appeared to be a witch hunt for writers of an online publication critical of the government. Police brought the charges against Thomas Zyambo and Clayson Hamasaka, who were both detained on Tuesday, after searching for documents linking them to investigative news site Zambian Watchdog, their lawyer Keith Mweemba told AFP. "Thomas Zyambo has officially been arrested and charged for the offence of seditious intentions," said Mweemba.

Amnesty urges Malaysia to end post-election crackdown

Global rights group Amnesty International urged Malaysia Friday to end its "post-election crackdown" which has seen four critics arrested in the aftermath of the government's worst electoral result. The arrests made in the past week under the Sedition Act -- which Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged last year to repeal -- comes amid opposition claims that fraud marred the May 5 general election and cost them victory.

Amar Desh editor Mahmudur held on sedition charge

Police arrested the Daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman from his office in the capital’s Karwanbazar on Thursday on charge of sedition.Officer-in-charge Apurba Hasan of Tejgaon Police Station said a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Mahmudur from his office at about 9.10am.He was arrested in a sedition case filed against him and the newspaper’s publisher Hasmat Ali over publishing Skype conversations between former Chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) Justice Mohammed Nizamul Huq and expatriate Bangladeshi legal expert Ahmed Ziauddin, a

URGENT ¥¥¥ Mali prosecutors issue warrants for rebel leaders

Malian prosecutors said Friday they had issued international arrest warrants for leaders of Tuareg and Islamist rebel groups who seized the country's north and are now the targets of a French-led military intervention. "The crimes they are accused of are, among others, terrorism, war crimes, sedition, crimes against state security and territorial integrity via war, illegal use of arms, public looting and destruction, racial and religious crimes and international drug trafficking," said a statement with a list of 26 names. str-cs/jhb/gd
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