Jailed FB user’s case: Rep leads legal team to seek review of proceedings of case

See Chee How

KUCHING, March 11: A legal team led by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How will seek a review of the proceedings of Alister Cogia’s case.

According to The Star Online, See hoped to see the proceedings and legality of the Kuching Sessions Court’s decision on the case were properly carried out.

Alister, who had a Facebook account by the name of “Ayea”, pleaded guilty in the Sessions Court on March 8 for uploading onto the social media platform offending remarks about Islam and Prophet Muhammad.


He was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison and fined RM50,000 for all 10 charges. Alister was not represented when he pleaded guilty.

Alister’s mother, Alen Rigod, had approached See for legal assistance and claimed that her son was suffering from a mental illness since young.

She said Alister would lock himself up in his room and, at times, would shout when he was alone.

Alister, 22, from Singai, Bau, was slapped with a total of 10 charges, where five charges were under Section 298A(1)(a) of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 298A(1) of the same Code. The remaining charges were under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Sessions Court Judge Jason Juga sentenced him to two years’ jail for each charge under Section 298A(1)(a) and fined him RM10,000 in default two months imprisonment for each charge under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Jason ordered the jail term to run consecutively. — DayakDaily