The magistrate hearing a case involving a dozen reformists who protested in 2000 at restrictions imposed on Harakah has acquitted all the accused.
Free at last – Photo via Tian Chua
The reformasi supporters had protested against a restriction slashing the frequency of the Pas newspaper from twice weekly to once a fortnight.
Of the 12 charged, one had already passed away.
The DDP had subpoenaed 11 witnesses but only two witnesses testified with no response from the rest, said Tian Chua.
The DPP wanted to proceed with the trial but defence counsel said that without the witnesses, there was no prima facie case.
Magistrate Siti Shakirah Mohtarudin then observed that the prosecution did not appear to be interested in pursuing this case seriously, according to Tian Chua. She then discharged and acquitted all the accused.