Monday, January 7, 2008

Malaysia court adjourns Hindraf leader's hearing

Malaysia court adjourns Hindraf leader's hearing
Press Trust Of India
Monday, January 7, 2008 (Kuala Lumpur)
A Malaysian court on Monday adjourned to March 3, the hearing of sedition charges against a detained ethnic Indian leader, who has been spearheading anti-government protests by the community.

A session's court in Kuala Lumpur postponed the case of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader P Uthayakumar after his counsel Sree Devi sought an adjournment, saying she has to get instructions from her client, now held in a detention camp.

Uthayakumar was arrested along with four other Hindraf leaders after a massive rally here on November 25, which saw police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse some 20,000 ethnic Indians protesting their alleged marginalization in the multi-racial country.

The five have been held under the controversial Internal Security Act that allows indefinite imprisonment without trial.

On December 11, Uthayakumar had pleaded not guilty to the charge of publishing a letter addressed to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on a website, which was alleged to be ''seditious''.

If convicted, he could face imprisonment up to three years, or a fine, or both.

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