Malaysia: The trial of opposition parliamentarian Lim Guan Eng: an update

Lim Guan Eng, a member of parliament for Kota Melaka (Malacca) and Deputy Secretary General of the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) was charged in 1995 under the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act. His trial opened in January 1996 and concluded on 28 February 1997. Judgement is expected on 28 April 1997. Amnesty International believes the charges against him are politically motivated and designed to intimidate dissenting voices. Amnesty International believes that if convicted Lim Guan Eng would be a prisoner of conscience imprisoned solely for the peaceful expression of his political views.

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