Tian Chua's sedition trial set for Oct 16

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) strategic director Tian Chua

KUALA LUMPUR - PKR vice-president Tian Chua will be tried next month over his alleged statement linking the Government to the Lahad Datu incident early this year.

Sessions Court judge Norsharidah Awang fixed Oct 16 and Oct 17 for the trial.

Tian Chua, 50, allegedly made the remarks at Fraser Business Park at about 11am on March 1.

The Batu MP is charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948, and punishable under Section 4(1) of the same Act, which carries a fine of RM5,000 (S$2,000) or three years' jail, or both, for first offenders and five years' imprisonment for each subsequent offence.

Norsharidah fixed the trial dates after meeting deputy public prosecutor Mohd Farizul Hassan and Tian Chua's counsel, Latheefa Koya, in chambers yesterday.

Latheefa told reporters that the court set the two days for the trial pending their case in the High Court to strike out the charge.

Tian Chua had filed an application to strike out the charge against him on April 12.

The court will give its decision on Sept 26.

He had claimed trial on March 14 to making statements that allegedly claimed the shootings in Lahad Datu was a planned conspiracy by Umno to divert attention and frighten the people.

He had purportedly said it was all a drama by the Government to scare the people and divert their attention away from the royal commission of inquiry into Sabah's immigrants issue.