Mat Sabu's defamation acquittal upheld by High Court

SITI NURSURAYA ALI

GEORGETOWN: The High Court today upheld the acquittal of Mohamad Sabu by the sessions court on two counts of defamation related to a speech he delivered six years ago, which touched on the 1950 Bukit Kepong incident.

In handing down the judgement, judge Lim Chong Fong said he was satisfied with the sessions court’s decision and dismissed the appeal by the prosecution.

While the judge stressed that he respects and acknowledges the police force's contribution (in the Bukit Kepong incident), Lim said he must also uphold the law and respect freedom of speech.

The prosecution was led by state Prosecution Unit head, Datuk Razali Che Ani and the defence was headed by Mohamed Hanipa Maidin.

Sixty-one-year-old Mohamad, who is Parti Amanah Negara president, was acquitted in July 2015 by the sessions court of two criminal defamation charges over remarks about the 1950 Bukit Kepong incident.

In his speech in Tasek Gelugor, Penang, on Aug 21, 2011, Mohammad had allegedly said that the communists, led by Ahmad Indera (who was better known as ‘Mat Indera’), were the “true independence fighters” in Bukit Kepong, where 25 policemen and their families were killed.