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Court Jails Teenager Over Facebook Posts

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A Malaysian teenager was sentenced to one year in jail on Tuesday over Facebook posts which insulted the royal family in a Southern state, the Deputy Public Prosecutor said.

Muhammad Shakri, 19, pleaded guilty to a 14 counts of insulting the Johor royal family on his Facebook page between March and April, before he was sentenced by Johor Bahru Sessions’s court.

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The teenager was charged under the country’s multimedia law that forbids posting online content that annoys abuses, threatens, or harasses others, according the DPP, Azizah Mohamad.

The law carries a maximum penalty of up to one year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 12,500 dollars.


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