Tian Chua withdraws appeal, starts serving 1-month jail sentence

PUTRAJAYA, 29 Sept 2017: 

Batu MP Tian Chua will serve one month in jail as meted out by a session court for disobeying a police order.

 This followed an unexpected move by the MP in deciding to withdraw the final appeal against his conviction and sentence.

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal – comprising justices Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki, Datuk Seri Zakaria Sam and Datuk Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil – accepted Tian Chua’s wish to withdraw the appeal.

Justice Mohtarudin, chairing the court panel, issued a warrant of committal against Tian Chua and ordered him to begin his jail term today.

Tian Chua, whose real name is Chua Tian Chang, 54,  was taken out of the court by two policemen after the proceedings ended.

He was found guilty by the Sessions Court on 23 Jan 2014 for refusing to comply with an order from DSP A. Rajagopal to leave the Pulapol area in Jalan Semarak at 2.30am on 29 April 2012 – a day after the Bersih 3.0 rally.

The court sentenced him to one month jail and fined RM1,000. He paid the fine.

Tian Chua appealed at the High Court, but lost on Nov 30 , last year.

In the proceedings today, his lawyer, N. Surendran,  informed the court he received instructions to discharge himself from representing Tian Chua and that Tian Chua wanted to personally address the court.

Tian Chua subsequently stood up in the dock and read his prepared statement before informing the court he was withdrawing his appeal.

“I would like to emphasise that accepting my prison sentence is not an admission of wrongdoing.”

– Bernama

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