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Rakyat@work reporting ‘live’ from the PJ Magistrates Court:
1628: After some confusion, all 23 are free – for now. Next court date: 10 March.
1356: Bank accounts have been opened with the bail money, partly contributed by supporters. Now waiting for court to open at 3.00pm so that all required documents can be submitted. All the accused will be out on bail once the process is completed.
1347: Bail has been set at RM1,500 per person.
1245: No one is allowed in the courtroom while waiting for bail to be posted. Good Samaritans among the rakyat are going to open bank accounts (for bail money to be posted) for those charged.
Among those present outside court are Raja Petra, Rev Hermen Shastri and Fr O C Lim.
1106: The accused are being charged with participating in an illegal gathering and defying orders to disperse under Section 27(4) of the Police Act, which provides for a fine ranging from RM2,000 to RM10,000 and a jail term of not more than a year.
1101: Among the crowd in the court premises are five priests, who can be identified by their cassocks.
1045: Gobind is asking why his clients are being charged so close to Chinese New Year. He is asking for bail to be set at RM500 instead of RM5,000 and for their passports not to be impounded. Another lawyer, Lim Lip Eng, is now arguing for his clients.
1040: Inside the court room, Gobind Singh is now arguing the case. It’s a full house this morning.
1028: Bar Council president Ambiga, who popped out of the courtroom, mentioned to a few outside she was surprised the 23 people were being charged.
There seems to be a bit of confusion in court over the proceedings, bail, etc due to the sheer number of people involved.
0928: About 150 to 180 people are now in the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court, where 23 people are expected to be charged in connection with their participation in an Abolish ISA vigil/Bersih anniversary commemoration on 9 November 2008. The court session has just started and many are unable to squeeze into the court room, according to Rakyat@work reporting from the scene.