Beliau sebagai penganjur bagi Pakatan Rakyat dituduh melakukan kesalahan itu pada jam 8.30 malam di Stadium Kelana Jaya.
Nik Nazmi, yang juga ketua komunikasi PKR mengaku tidak bersalah di hadapan Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen Petaling Jaya Rohana Ayub dan dibebaskan tanpa ikatjamin.
Beliau dituduh bawah seksyen 9(1) yang jika sabit kesalahan boleh didenda tidak lebih RM10,000.
Menurut undang-undang, beliau akan hilang kelayakan sebagai wakil rakyat sekiranya jumlah denda ditetapkan melebihi RM2,000.
Dalam perhimpunan 8 Mei lalu - tiga hari selepas keputusan pilihan raya umum ke-13 (PRU13) - lautan manusia membanjiri Stadium Kelana Jaya dengan berpakaian hitam bagi menyatakan bantahan mereka terhadap dakwaan penipuan pilihan raya yang menyaksikan Pakatan gagal menawan Putrajaya.
Perhimpunan yang rata-ratanya dihadiri anak muda itu juga menyebabkan kesesakan lalulintas luar biasa di Kuala Lumpur sehingga lewat pagi.
Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin memohon ikatjamin dikenakan kerana menurutnya ia perlu untuk memastikan kehadiran Nik Nazmi di mahkamah.
Bagaimanapun, peguam Eric Paulsan yang mewakili Nik Nazmi membalas bahawa Nik Nazmi bukan sahaja seorang ADUN, tetapi baru sahaja memenangi pilihan raya umum dengan majoriti yang lebih besar, dan oleh itu merupakan seorang anggota masyarakat yang berwibawa.
Rohana kemudian bertanya sama ada Nik Nazmi telah tiba di mahkamah pada masanya apabila disaman malam tadi, dan dijawab benar.
"Tidak akan ada perintah ikatjamin buat sekarang, tetapi mahkamah akan mempertimbangkan jaminan jika beliau tidak hadir untuk pendengaran," katanya.-malaysiakini
PKR leader charged over Kelana Jaya black rally...
Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) today for failing to give 10 days' notice to the police for the May 8 Blackout 505 rally.
Nik Nazmi is being held liable as the event’s organiser and is accused of committing the offence at the Kelana Jaya Stadium at 8.30pm on that day.
Nik Nazmi, who is PKR communications chief, pleaded not guilty to the charge before Petaling Jaya sessions court judge Rohana Ayub and has been released without bail.
The offence under Section 9(1) of the PAA carries a fine up to RM10,000 upon conviction, and Nik Nazmi could be disqualified as an elected representative if the fine exceeds RM2,000.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin demanded that bail be imposed as this was necessary to ensure Nik Nazmi's attendance in court.
However, Nik Nazmi's counsel Eric Paulsen countered that Nik Nazmi is not only an assemblyperson, but one who had just won the general election with a larger majority, and is therefore an upstanding member of society.
Prosecution's call for bail rejected
Rohana then inquired if Nik Nazmi had arrived in court on time upon being summoned last night, to which the response was in the affirmative.
"There shall be no order on bail for now, but the court will consider bail if he misses a hearing," she ruled.
Nik Nazmi arrived at the Petaling Jaya court complex about 9am, arriving in his car. There was by then a heavy police presence in the court complex, including traffic police and the members of the Light Strike Force.
Some 20 supporters greeted him on his arrival. There were as many reporters present, many of whom could not enter the courtroom as it was overcrowded and the judge would not permit anyone to stand in the public gallery.
During the proceedings, Paulsen also informed the court that his client intended to challenge the law he had been charged under in the High Court, on grounds that it is “unconstitutional”.
Fine of up to RM10,000 if convicted.
The offence under Section 9(1) of the Act carries a fine of up to RM10,000 upon conviction, and Nik Nazmi could be disqualified as an elected representative if the fine exceeds RM2,000.
The Act requires the organiser of any public assembly to inform the local district police chief - in this case the Petaling Jaya OCPD - about the event at least 10 days in advance. Written notice was provided to the police on the same day as the rally.
The case will come up for mention again on June 4, pending the prosecution furnishing the defence with documents to be used as evidence in the case, and the defence application to the High Court.
Speaking to reporters later, Paulsen (right), who is also an adviser to the NGO Lawyers for Liberty, said the 10-day notice required under PAA was unreasonable, oppressive, and contradicted the right to peaceful assembly under the federal constitution.
He said other countries, even Burma, required only five days, or no notice at all.
Nik Nazmi pointed out to reporters that all the Blackout 505 rallies had been peaceful, and therefore he had committed no wrong. Prosecuting him would be a waste of government time and resources, particularly that of the police.
To a question, Nik Nazmi said he does not know whether others would be charged as well, but noted that his summons sheet contained the names of the speakers and the content of their speeches at the rally.
"I don't know if that is an indication that all of them will also be brought for speaking at that rally, but there have been statements of that nature coming from the CPO of Selangor (Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah), so I wouldn't be surprised if that is the course of action," he said.-malaysiakini