Thoughts and opinions are always welcomed on social media platforms, but make sure you don’t cross the line. According to The Star, a man who posted a tweet, alleging that Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin was raped by Orang Asli, has been charged at the Magistrate’s Court today.
Muhammad Zikri Ibrahim, 29, was accused of committing intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace via his Twitter account “Zikri Armstrong” at 8.30pm on Aug 14. He was charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code and faces a jail term of up to two years, a fine or both if convicted.
The charge was read to him before Magistrate Noorasyikin Sahat. In a report by NST, he looked calm when he was ushered into the dock as he pleaded not guilty to the charge. His father Datuk Ibrahim Osman, a councillor in the Alor Gajah Municipal Council was also present during the proceeding’s today.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Julia Ibrahim offered bail at RM10,000 in one surety but Zikri’s lawyer – Muhmmad Syazwan Mohd Salleh, asked for a lower amount, saying that his client was getting married in December.
“His father is here and ready to be his bailor,” Muhammad Syazwan said.
Magistrate Noorasyikin Sahat fixed bail at RM6,000 in one surety. The case is set for mention on Sept 19.
The tweet was written when news of Nora Anne’s remains was found 10 days after she disappeared. Many netizens were upset when Zikri tweeted the statement and many called for him to be investigated.
Nora was reported missing on Aug 4, after which a massive search and rescue operation was launched to find her.
Post-mortem results on her remains found that no foul play or rape was involved and that the teenager had died of starvation.
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