Report on public hearing on death of Dharmendran out on April 28

Source: Bernama / The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — The report on the outcome of the public hearing following the death of a detainee in a police lock-up, N. Dharmendran, two years ago will be announced on April 28.

The chairman of the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) Datuk Yaacob Md Som said a press conference would be held at the EAIC Headquarters, in Putrajaya on the outcome of the report.

“The final (report) of the investigation is ready and will be taken to the members of the EAIC commission in the third week of April and we will decide how to make the public announcement,” he told Bernama after making a call on the Chairman of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) Datuk Seri Azman Ujang here today.

Yaacob, who chaired the public hearing, said the outcome of the report was also for public viewing.

“I had chaired the investigation and carried out the public proceedings, besides having a consultant appointed to assist in the investigation and preparing the report, who was very satisfied with the report. It is a very comprehensive and detailed report,” he said.

EAIC had held five sessions of public hearing on the Dharmendran case which was opened to the public and the media beginning July 27 last year and ending on Nov 16 last year. Read more

Haris Ibrahim a ‘prisoner of conscience’, global rights watchdog says after sedition conviction

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Amnesty International has condemned the sedition conviction of activist Haris Ibrahim (pictured). — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Amnesty International condemned today the sedition conviction of activist Haris Ibrahim over a three-year-old speech calling for a government change in Putrajaya.

The global human rights advocacy group also said it would consider the 57-year-old father of two a “prisoner of conscience” if he were imprisoned, a sentence the court has stayed pending his appeal.

“Today’s conviction of human rights activist Haris Ibrahim is the latest travesty in a series of politically motivated actions to silence dissent in Malaysia,” Amnesty International’s Southeast Asia director of campaigns, Josef Benedict said in a statement.

He urged the federal government to stop prosecuting dissenters who advocate governmental and electoral change peacefully and to repeal the Sedition Act 1948.

“This case demonstrates the importance of repealing Malaysia’s Sedition Act, a repressive law that has been used with impunity against government critics.

“Such laws have no place in a modern, rights-respecting society,” Benedict added.

He also urged the government to revoke all other sedition convictions and replace the colonial-era law with greater protections of its citizens’ right to peaceful assembly, association and free speech. Read more

Guilty of sedition, activist says ‘no regrets’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activist lawyer Haris Ibrahim said he does not regret making the 2013 speech calling for a change in government. — file picture

Activist lawyer Haris Ibrahim said he does not regret making the 2013 speech calling for a change in government. — file picture

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Activist lawyer Haris Ibrahim said he does not regret making the 2013 speech calling for a change in government although his remarks resulted today in a sedition conviction and an eight-month jail term.

Speaking to reporters after the court’s decision this afternoon, the 57-year-old Haris claimed all he had done was express public opinion regarding the outcome of the 13th general election.

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Cecil Rajendra and his fight for human rights honoured at Oxford University

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Renowned Penang-based lawyer and poet Cecil Rajendra looking through his latest book, Shakti Symphony, which was launched in Penang last weekend. Photo: The Star/Gary Chen

Prominent lawyer and poet Cecil Rajendra, lauded for his human rights advocacy and politically-conscious poetry, will soon add another highlight to his illustrious list of accomplishments.

The true blue Penangite’s work is being recognised in an academic paper to be presented in England’s prestigious Oxford University as part of a seminar on “Intellectuals and Independent Thought in Malaysia” from April 14-16.

The paper titled “From British Black Power to Malaysian Human Rights: The Transnational Formation of Cecil Rajendra” is by Prof Dr Ambikaipaker Mohan from Tulane University in New Orleans, the United States.

It is the first time a Malaysian writer’s work is accorded this rare honour, and Rajendra – who has helmed the Bar Council’s Human Rights and Legal Aid committees and named a Living Heritage Treasure by the Penang Heritage Trust – is deeply flattered. Read more

Activist jailed eight months over seditious call to change government

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activist Haris Ibrahim is found guilty over remarks he made three years ago, urging for a change of power in Putrajaya. ― Picture by Choo Choy May - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/activist-found-guilty-of-sedition-over-call-to-change-government#sthash.6Ug9RiCA.dpuf

Activist Haris Ibrahim is found guilty over remarks he made three years ago, urging for a change of power in Putrajaya. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 ― The Sessions Court today sentenced activist Haris Ibrahim to eight months’ jail after finding him guilty of sedition over a speech he made three years ago where he urged for a change of power in Putrajaya.

Before sentencing, Sessions Court judge Shamsudin Abdullah said he had considered the need for the punishment to serve as a lesson to both Haris and the public.

“The court takes into account public interest so that security will not be threatened and will not cause public distress. The accused is sentenced to eight months’ jail starting from this day,” he said.

But the judge also allowed a stay of the execution of the sentence pending an appeal by Haris’ lawyers to the High Court, and fixed bail at RM10,000, an increase of RM5,000 from the current sum.

Haris was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act, which is punishable with a maximum fine of RM5,000 and a maximum three-year jail term. Read more

Court bins PKR man’s bid to challenge constitutionality of Sedition Act

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Sedition Act 1948

Sedition Act 1948

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 ― N. Surendran’s trial under the Sedition Act will proceed in the Sessions Court, the High Court ruled today after rejecting the PKR lawmaker’s bid to refer questions on the constitutionality of the law to the Federal Court.

In his ruling, judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman pointed out that questions concerning the constitutionality of the Act were already answered by the apex court last year.

“This court finds that all three questions need not be referred to Federal Court and the trial can proceed to its finality,” the judge said.

Ab Karim explained that the Federal Court’s decision in the case of Universiti Malaya law lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom last October had already addressed the three questions raised by Surendran regarding the Act, namely on the constitutionality of Section 3(3); whether the Act contravenes Articles 5, 8 and 10 of the Federal Constitution; and whether there needed to be intention when an individual utters seditious words.

The PKR lawmaker was charged with sedition in the Sessions Court on August 28, 2014 for a YouTube comment in which he allegedly criticised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for purportedly mounting a political conspiracy against former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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