Government employee charged with sedition

|     Fadley Faisal     |

A GOVERNMENT employee has been charged in court under Chapter 24 of the Sedition Act for posting inflammatory comments regarding the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Halal Certification policy.

Shahiransheriffuddin bin Shahrani Muhammad was charged with one count under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Sedition Act, which alleges that he had made a seditious post on his personal Facebook page on July 16.

The defendant, who was represented by defence counsel Pengiran Khairul Nizam bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Yassin, understood the sole charge against him.

However, no plea was recorded against the defendant at this stage, as the defence counsel has asked for time to receive instructions from his client, in addition to obtaining documents from the prosecution.

Having considered the defence’s application, Magistrate Hajah Ervy Sufitriana binti Haji Abdul Rahman adjourned the case to August 31.

The court further ordered for the defendant to be released on court bail of $5,000, or one local surety, with the additional condition that he abstains from posting any adverse comments against the Brunei Government on social media.

If found guilty, the defendant faces a maximum fine of $5,000 and two years’ imprisonment.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Qamarul Affyian bin Abdul Rahman appeared on behalf of the Public Prosecutor for the case.