Malaysia’s contempt for international law, human rights — Azhar Harun

Source: FMT News

By Azhar “Art” Harun

Prominent lawyer Art Harun cites country’s alleged missteps in dealing with case of Saudi blogger in 2012 and now Turkish citizens, with irregular extradition process. Pic taken from FMT News.

We keep on behaving like a country with utter contempt for laws, international treaties and human rights standard.

It is ironic that we always shout and scream about Israel breaching international laws and human rights standards yet at the same time we pay scant regard to international norms.

In 2012, we arrested Hamza Kashgari for blasphemy at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

We told the world that we did it at the request of Interpol. However, Interpol later denied any involvement.

This was reported by Al Jazeera as well.

We couldn’t care less.

Putrajaya then quickly “extradited” Hamza back to Saudi Arabia. Read more

Malaysia deports 3 Turks believed to be in militant group

Source: NZ Herald

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ” Malaysian police said Friday they have deported three Turkish men suspected of links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of being behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey last year.

Human Rights Watch slammed the decision, saying the men face possible torture and prolonged pre-trial detention.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the three men were sent to Ankara on Thursday after being found to be involved with an alleged terrorist organization headed by Gulen. He said the men also were illegal immigrants because Turkey had canceled their passports.

School principal Turgay Karaman and businessman Ihsan Aslan went missing May 2 and were initially feared to have been abducted before police said they had been detained without trial for being a threat to national security. Two days later, academic Ismet Ozcelik was held. Police initially said all three men were believed to be linked to the Islamic State group. Read more