Cops can’t question Charles Morais’s lawyer, says Ambiga

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Americk Sidhu, the lawyer of Charles Morais, is protected by the principle of effective legal representation, says Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan in hitting out at Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for harassing the lawyer. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 1, 2015.

Police cannot question lawyer Americk Sidhu for what his client Charles Morais did as it violates the rights guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, says National Human Rights Society Malaysia (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Ambiga today said Americk was protected by the principle of effective legal representation, which included the right to privileged communication.

“There cannot be effective legal representation if there is no privileged communication. This means every police officer has a duty to protect this inherent right,” she said in a statement.

Ambiga added that the inspector-general of police’s (IGP) “uncalled-for defamatory remarks” against Americk reeked of harassment of a lawyer in the course of his duties. Read more

KENYATAAN: Berkenaan keputusan Ketua Polis Negara menyoal-siasat peguam Americk Sidhu

KENYATAAN BERTARIKH 1 DISEMBER 2015
BERKENAAN KEPUTUSAN KETUA POLIS NEGARA MENYOALSIASAT AMERICK SIDHU

SIASATAN POLIS MESTI MENCERMINKAN TANGGUNGJAWAB YANG TIDAK BERAT SEBELAH

Americk Sidhu, the lawyer of Charles Morais, is protected by the principle of effective legal representation, says Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan in hitting out at Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for harassing the lawyer. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 1, 2015.

HAKAM mengecam keras keputusan Ketua Polis Negara untuk menyoalsiasat peguam Americk Sidhu berdasarkan surat akuan yang diikrar oleh anak guamnya, Charles Suresh Morais. Keputusan ini merupakan satu pelanggaran prinsip asas “solicitor-client privilege” di mana komunikasi di antara peguam dan anak guamannya adalah dilindungi dan tidak seharusnya didedahkan tanpa kebenaran anak guaman tersebut. Selanjutnya, seruan Ketua Polis Negara yang diiringi dengan kenyataan berunsur fitnah terhadap Americk Sidhu merupakan satu ugutan terhadap seorang peguam yang bertugas melaksanakan tanggungjawab profesionalnya.

Sebagai seorang ahli pasukan polis, agen kerajaan dan sebagai seorang anggota penguatkuasa undang-undang, Ketua Polis Negara mempunyai tanggungjawab positif untuk menghormati dan melindungi martabat manusia serta mempertahankan hak-hak asasi manusia semua insan yang melaksanakan tugas profesionalnya. Tanggungjawab ini adalah termaktub dalam Artikel 2, Kod Etika Pegawai Penguatkuasaan Undang-Undang 1979, Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu. Read more

STATEMENT: On the IGP questioning lawyer Americk Sidhu

pdfSTATEMENT DATED 1 DECEMBER 2015

ON THE IGP QUESTIONING AMERICK SIDHU
INVESTIGATIONS MUST REFLECT THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE POLICE FORCE

HAKAM strongly condemns the IGP’s call to question lawyer Americk Sidhu on the Statutory Declaration affirmed by his client Charles Suresh Morais which is a violation of the fundamental principle of solicitor-client privilege. This coupled with the IGP’s uncalled for defamatory remarks against Sidhu smacks of harassment of a lawyer in the course of his professional duties.

As a member of the police force, an agent of the government and as a law enforcement officer, the IGP has a positive obligation to respect and protect human dignity and uphold the human rights of all persons in the performance of his professional duty. This is clearly stated in Article 2 of the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officers 1979.

A law enforcement officer cannot violate the basic principles of effective legal representation as it is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Federal Constitution. An essential aspect of the exercise of this right is privileged communication. There cannot be effective legal representation if there is no privileged communication. This means every police officer has a duty to protect this inherent right. Read more

STATEMENT: On the IGP questioning lawyer Americk Sidhu

STATEMENT DATED 1 DECEMBER 2015

ON THE IGP QUESTIONING AMERICK SIDHU
INVESTIGATIONS MUST REFLECT THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE POLICE FORCE

HAKAM strongly condemns the IGP’s call to question lawyer Americk Sidhu on the Statutory Declaration affirmed by his client Charles Suresh Morais which is a violation of the fundamental principle of solicitor-client privilege. This coupled with the IGP’s uncalled for defamatory remarks against Sidhu smacks of harassment of a lawyer in the course of his professional duties.

As a member of the police force, an agent of the government and as a law enforcement officer, the IGP has a positive obligation to respect and protect human dignity and uphold the human rights of all persons in the performance of his professional duty. This is clearly stated in Article 2 of the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officers 1979.

A law enforcement officer cannot violate the basic principles of effective legal representation as it is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Federal Constitution. An essential aspect of the exercise of this right is privileged communication. There cannot be effective legal representation if there is no privileged communication. This means every police officer has a duty to protect this inherent right. Read more