KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A court convicted and fined the printer of Malaysia's main opposition newspaper Monday after he pleaded guilty to sedition. The paper's editor pleaded innocent to the same charge.

Sessions Court Judge Khadijah Idris fined Chea Lim Thye, printer of Harakah newspaper, $1,052 after he acknowledged printing an article that included a quote accusing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of plotting a conspiracy against jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim.

Chea was charged with sedition in January, along with Harakah editor Zulkifli Sulong, for publishing the August 1999 article.

The charge carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison and a $1,300 fine.

Judge Khadijah postponed Zulkifli's trial to Thursday, allowing his attorneys more time to prepare.

Two months after the charges were leveled, the government revoked Harakah's permit and restricted the paper to two editions a month, from two a week. The paper has now virtually disappeared from newsstands.

Harakah's sales had soared following a 1998 wave of anti-government protests, after Mahathir sacked his popular deputy, Anwar.

Anwar is serving a 6-year jail term after being convicted of corruption, and is on trial for sodomy. He says all the charges are part of a political conspiracy.

Harakah is run by the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party.