PUTRAJAYA: Ambiga Sreenevasan today hailed the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss the government’s suit to claim for damages incurred during the Bersih 3 rally as a landmark ruling.
“It is definitely a landmark ruling, with the court’s decision also maintaining that no suit can be brought under the PAA (Peaceful Assembly Act) for damages,” the former Bersih 2.0 chairperson said, adding the 2015 High Court judgment was “largely upheld”.
Earlier today, the Court of Appeal panel, led by Justice Rohana Yusof, unanimously ruled in the electoral watchdog group’s favour, dismissing the appeal by the government to seek for damages over property damage during the Bersih 3 rally in 2012.
Previously, the High Court had thrown out the government’s lawsuit seeking RM110,543 in special damages to repair police cars that were damaged during the rally and other cost.
Meanwhile, current Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah also welcomed the court’s decision. Read more