Are you human? Group chides ex-judge, deputy minister for pests in jail idea

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In a report on Thursday, national news agency Bernama cited Mohd Noor calling for a revamp of the prisons to make jail cells uncomfortable places that its inmates would hate so much that they would repent and steer clear of crime forever. — TODAY file picture

In a report on Thursday, national news agency Bernama cited Mohd Noor calling for a revamp of the prisons to make jail cells uncomfortable places that its inmates would hate so much that they would repent and steer clear of crime forever. — TODAY file picture

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — A human rights group condemned today a recent suggestion by a retired judge to infest jail cells with pests to curb the recurrence of crime, saying it was a sadistic form of justice.

The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) said the idea by former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah that was supported by Deputy Home Ministerr Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed was barbaric, unconstitutional and possibly even criminal.

“Prisoners and inmates are first and foremost human beings and undergo incarceration chiefly as a form of rehabilitation, and not as part of a sadistic form of justice.

“It is thus clear that any deliberate infestation of jail cells with dirty and disease bearing rodents amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and thus constitutes a deplorable, inhuman and barbaric interference with the aforementioned rights and possibly constitutes a crime in itself pursuant to the Penal Code and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988,” the group’s chief executive Azril Mohd Amin said in a statement. Read more

Suhakam: Hold inquests for all deaths at detention centres

Source: FMT

After allegations of abuse and deaths of seven detainees in Juru, human rights commission makes unannounced visit and says only one detainee died, a Cambodian woman who had a heart attack in May.

PETALING JAYA: The human rights commission, Suhakam, has called for inquests to be held into all deaths at immigration detention centres, after making an unannounced visit to Juru, where seven people were alleged to have died after physical abuse by warders.

Suhakam said members of the commission and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, jointly conducted an unannounced visit to the Juru centre after allegations of abuse purportedly causing the death of five Cambodian and two Vietnamese detainees this year.

In a statement today, Suhakam said Immigration officials had stated that the allegations were unsubstantiated.

“Only one detainee had died in 2016. According to the Immigration officials, the detainee, a Cambodian lady, who was being treated for heart disease at a hospital, had died from a heart attack in May 2016,” Suhakam said.

The commission noted that Immigration officials indicated that no post-mortem examination was carried out because the coroner believed there was no suspicion of foul play.

“In relation to this, the Commission recommends that an inquest including a post mortem examination be conducted following all deaths in detention to verify the cause of the death,” the statement said.

Nazri against Legal Profession Act change, says shouldn’t muzzle Bar Council

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is opposed to Putrajaya’s planned amendments to the Legal Profession Act (LPA) 1976, saying these would be seen as interference in the independent professional body representing lawyers in peninsular Malaysia.

The federal minister said the Bar Council should be allowed to conduct themselves as they saw fit, and that it was “alright” if they were viewed as critical of the government so long as they did not break the law.

“How they (Bar Council) want to run their affairs, we should leave it to them.

“Let it be … we cannot impose what we want,” he told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview. Read more