30 Apr '18, 3am

Danish citizen is first person convicted under Malaysian anti-fake news law, jailed 1 week, fined RM10,000

Danish citizen is first person convicted under Malaysian anti-fake news law, jailed 1 week, fined RM10,000

KUALA LUMPUR - A Danish national has become the first person to be convicted under Malaysia’s new anti-fake news law. Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, 46, on Monday (April 30) pleaded guilty to maliciously publishing fake news in the form of a YouTube video on the recent shooting of Fadi al-Batsh, an alleged member of militant Palestine group Hamas in Kuala Lumpur, reported The Star. He was sentenced to a week’s jail and fined RM10,000 (S$3,378) under the Anti-Fake News Act which came into force on April 11 and provides for stiff punishments of up to six years in prison and a maximum fine of RM500,000. Salah will spend a month in jail because he could not pay the RM10,000 fine. The Cyber Court, where the case was heard, played the video, in which he claimed he was with the victim when he was shot. He said in the video he had made countless calls to the police who only arrived a...

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