PUTRAJAYA - Law lecturer Azmi Sharom has failed is in his bid to have the Sedition Act 1948 declared unconstitutional.
The Federal Court panel lead by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria dismissed Azmi's application, and ordered that it be remitted to the Sessions Court.
The five-man panel also included Court of Appeal president Justice Md Raus Sharif, Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Justices Abdull Hamid Embong and Suriyadi Halim Omar.
The Universiti Malaya lecturer, who was dressed in a grey dress shirt and brown tie, was seen shaking his head upon hearing the decision.
The courtroom was full of supporters and lawyers as early as 8.30am, Tuesday.
On Nov 5 last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court invoked its power under Section 84 of the Court of Judicature Act 1964 to refer Azmi's sedition case to the Federal Court for determination, as it involved questions of constitutionality.
Azmi, a columnist with The Star, had claimed trial on Sept 2 to making seditious comments in an article titled "Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told," that was published on an English online portal on Aug 14.
Azmi, 45, was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act, with an alternative charge under Section 4(1)(c) of the same Act. He faces a maximum fine of RM5,000 or jail not exceeding three years or both.