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Adam Adli gets leave to refer to Federal Court on constitutional issues

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur today allowed an application by activists Adam Adli Abd Halim and Mohd Fariz Abd Talib to refer on constitutional issues of their street demonstration charge to the Federal Court.

Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan allowed the application on grounds that only the Federal Court has jurisdiction to decide the matter.

Adam Adli and Mohd Fariz submitted the application to challenge several constitutional issues, including whether Section 4(1)(c), 4(2)(c) and 4(3) of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) were a breach of Article 8,9 and of the Federal Constitution.

On Sept 8, 2015, Adam Adli, 26, and Mohd Fariz, 45, pleaded not guilty to a charge of participating in a street demonstration that kicked off from the Sogo Complex on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to KLCC esplanade between 4pm and 7.30pm on Feb 28 last year.

The charge under Section 4(2)(c) of PAA provides a fine not exceeding RM10,000 upon conviction.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Raja Zaizul Faridah Raja Zaharudin, while Adam Adli and Mohd Fariz were represented by lawyer Melissa Sasidaran.

- Bernama