KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Prosecutors have filed a sedition charge against a student activist who had urged Malaysians to engage in street protests against the government over claims of election fraud.
The National Front coalition that has governed since 1957 won May 5 general elections. Opposition officials insist the coalition retained power through bogus ballots and other irregularities, but Prime Minister Najib Razak and electoral authorities deny manipulating the results.
Activist Adam Adli was accused of making seditious statements while addressing a political forum. The 24-year-old pleaded innocent at a Kuala Lumpur district court Thursday. He was released on bail ahead of a hearing July 2.
He would face up to three years in prison and a fine if convicted.
It's the first sedition case involving statements made after the recent election.