Two Indonesians spared from death penalty in Malaysia

Source: Jakarta Post

Two Indonesians spared recently from the death penalty by a Malaysian court are slated to return soon to Indonesia, the Foreign Ministry stated on Saturday.

Maharani and Surya Darma Putra were freed after the judges of Putrajaya Federal Court, Malaysia, rejected the capital punishment sought by the prosecutor in a drug distribution case on Thursday.

“With that verdict, the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is processing all the documents for Maharani and Surya Darma Putra to return to Indonesia,” the embassy said in a statement as quoted by Antara news agency. Read more

Pota and amended Sedition Act erode human rights, says Amnesty Malaysia

Source: The Rakyat Post

The Rakyat Post file pic

The Rakyat Post file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 8, 2015 — Amnesty International (AI) Malaysia has expressed its opposition to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) and Sedition Act 1948, which it said were serious violations of human rights.

Pota, passed in Parliament in the early hours yesterday, had no place in a democratic country like Malaysia, said AI Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshini, who hoped the Act would not be gazetted for use.

“This is a dressed-up Internal Security Act (ISA).

“The revival of detention without trial through Pota points to a government thumbing its nose at calls for greater protection of fundamental rights in Malaysia.

“The act presumes guilt over innocence, which is not how a justice system is supposed to function.

“It also denies a detained person’s access to lawyers and this is completely and utterly unacceptable,” Shamini said in a statement to The Rakyat Post. Read more