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我們的朋友被判監九個月

2016/5/15 — 13:59

在《我係何式凝,今年五十五歲》裡,我曾寫到我在日本參加 Asia Leadership Fellow 認識的馬來西亞異議分子 Isham (全名 Hishamuddin Rais) 給我的啟發,所以他不是一個我們不認識的人,是所有我的自傳的讀者曾經接觸過的一位朋友。如果他的上訴不成功的話,他又要入獄了。據報他在馬來西亞的大選之後,說了政府不願意聽到的說話,被認為是 "a seditious remark",所以又可能要再坐牢。

我在自傳中提到 Isham 曾被判刑十二次,流亡英國二十多年後回國。被經常長期單獨關押,沒有紙和筆,不知刑期何時結束。他在狹小的囚室裡養流浪貓,偷偷種菜,每天用口糧面包創作第二天就會被丟掉的雕塑。他說:

「就像明天要死了那樣地禱告。就像永遠都會活着那樣地工作,也像永遠都會活着那樣地種菜。」

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他今年已經 64 歲,我真的很擔心他。在 2007 年認識他的時候,我對這些事情完全沒有理解,只知道他真是一個很獨特很勇敢的社運分子,跟他特別談得來。現在感覺到我們跟這些恐怖事件越來越接近。甚麼是「煽動性言論」?我們每一個會說話的人都隨時死得!

Hishamuddin Rais jailed nine months

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here Friday sentenced activist Hishamuddin Md Rais to nine months in jail for making a seditious speech at a public forum on May 13, 2013.

Judicial commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan made the ruling after allowing the prosecution's appeal for Hishamuddin's punishment to be enhanced from the RM5,000 fine imposed by the Sessions Court on Jan 9 last year.

However, the judge granted counsel Syahredzan Johan's application for a stay of execution of the activist's custodial sentence and set RM6,000 as bail, pending the defence's appeal at the Court of Appeal.

In his decision, Nordin said the RM5,000 fine was inadequate and would not serve as a deterrent to others with intention to commit a similar offence.

Earlier, the judge rejected Hishamuddin's appeal to set aside his conviction by the Sessions Court after concurring with the latter that the accused, from the context of his speech had incited for a change of government.

Nordin said it was the right of the accused to speak out but which should not be a justification to break the law.

"Therefore, the court opines that the decision of the Sessions Court may not be disturbed and the appeal against conviction is rejected," affirmed the judge.

The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor A.S Thangavelu.

Hishamuddin was charged with committing the offence at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharaja Lela, Dang Wangi here between 8.55 pm and 11.15 pm on May 13, 2013.

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