KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court has sentenced a Danish national to a week in jail after he pleaded guilty to maliciously publishing fake news, the first person to be punished under the controversial law.
The legislation was approved by Malaysia's parliament this month despite public criticism that it was aimed at silencing dissent ahead of a May 9 general election.
Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman was detained April 23, two days after he claimed in a YouTube video that he was with a Palestinian man who was gunned down by two assailants on a motorcycle. He claimed he had made countless calls to the police, who were slow to respond.
The court sentenced Salah, who is in Malaysia for a holiday, to a week's jail and fined him 10,000 ringgit ($2,551).