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KUALA LUMPUR: Law expert Prof Dr Salleh Buang said the decision by Session Court to deny bail against sex bloggers who mocked Islam does not mean the duo are being punished and presumed guilty of their actions.
He also pointed that the charges fell under Section 298A (1) (a) of the Penal Code and the Film Censorship Act and they were non-bailable.
The infamous duo Alvin Tan or Tan Jye Yee, 25, and Vivian Lee or Lee May Ling, 24, were denied bail on Thursday after pleading not guilty of three charges related to their action in posting their "Ramadan bak kut teh greeting" on their Facebook page and pornographic pictures in their blogs.
Speaking to The Mole today Dr Salleh said: “People tend to think that when the court denied their bail, it means that the couple will be treated like normal prisoners.”
“That is not the case. The couple was remanded pending their trial and the principle of innocent until proven guilty still stands for them.”
Being on a remand would mean that the duo is not subjected to the same lock-up rooms and they do not have to do any rehabilitation activities like other inmates.
“They are only being kept away from the society, until their trial, that’s all. They are not serving any jail time.”
Dr Salleh said based on the judgement delivered by the judge Murtazadi Amran, Tan and Lee were denied bail to ensure that they will not repeat same offences or make new ones.
After the judgement, Tan was sent to the Sg Buloh prison while Lee to the Kajang prison.
Salleh explained: “We might think the decision was harsh, but bear in mind that the judge had taken consideration and analised all facts of the case presented to him.”
“For instance, the judge might have observed subsequent postings by the couple after the controversial greetings.
"Personally, I don’t think both of them had actually apologised or shown signs of remorse even after the posting reached the masses and created controversy,” said Salleh.
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