PUTRAJAYA- The Court of Appeal here has allowed a stay of the trial in the Sessions Court involving sex bloggers Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee May Ling pending their bid to strike out a charge over a bak kut teh prank on their Facebook page.
Justice Linton Albert ordered the lower court trial to be postponed, pending the hearing by another Court of Appeal panel on whether the charge of causing religious disharmony by the pair via their controversial Ramadan greeting on Facebook should be struck out.
Justice Linton, along with panel members Justices David Wong Dak Wah and Zakaria Sam, agreed with lawyer for the pair J.T. Chong that the strike-out attempt could be rendered academic should the trial be allowed to proceed.
Therefore, the trial, due to be heard at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court from Jan 8 to Jan 10, was postponed.
Tan and Lee, dubbed the Alvivi pair, claimed trial on July 18 before Sessions Court judge Murtazadi Amran to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and Penal Code.
They were jointly charged with uploading content that has the possibility to stir hostility between those with different religious beliefs.
They were also accused of publishing a photograph with the comment Selamat Berbuka Puasa ... dengan bak kut teh ... wangi, enak, menyelerakan, which also carried a halal logo and for displaying pornographic images on their blog.