Controversial sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee were charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today with sedition and inciting religious enmity after posting a photograph on Facebook considered an insult to the holy month of Ramadhan.

Both pleaded not guilty and were denied bail ahead of their trial.

The charges against Tan or his full name, Tan Jye Yee, 25, and Lee or Lee May Ling, 24, were read before judge Murtazadi Amran.

In the first charge, they were jointly accused of making a seditious posting on their Facebook page by uploading a photograph of themselves eating pork stew or bak kut teh while conveying greetings to Muslims for the current fasting month of Ramadan.

They allegedly committed the offence at 10.48pm between July 11 and 12 at 568-14-18, Kompleks Mutiara Jalan Ipoh, Mile 3 1/2 here.

They were charged under subsection 4 (1) (c) of the Sedition Act 1948 and face a fine up to 5,000 ringgit, an imprisonment up to three years or both, and imprisonment up to five years for subsequent offence.

In the second charge, Tan and Lee were accused of displaying pornographic pictures on a tumblr account at the same place between 9pm and 2am between July 6 and 7.

They were charged under subsection 5 (1) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 which carries a fine of between RM10,000 and RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to five years or both, if convicted.

They were also accused of uploading on their Facebook page the same picture and comment which were likely to cause religious enmity between people of different faiths.

The content was read at CAF Syed Restaurant, Jalan Dang Wangi, KL at 10.48pm between July 11 and 12.

They were charged under Section 298A (1) (a) of the Penal Code which carries imprisonment of between two and five years, if convicted.

Sessions Court judge Murtazadi Amran denied bail to both accused and fixed August 23rd for mention.

By tmediablog

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