GPS anklet embarrasses Poca detainee

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Source: FMT News

Pic from FMT News.

Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: First they were detained for 60 days under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) for reasons they claim are still unknown to them.

Now, the three youths have been forced to wear GPS (gobal positioning system) ankle bracelets upon their release.

Saravanan Parameswaran, 23, who lost two of his right fingers after he was attacked by gangsters in 2015, said he worried what the neighbourhood would think if the ankle bracelet was spotted on him.

“I’m embarrassed to wear shorts. People will think we are gangsters and they will say that we spent time in a lockup,” he told reporters after handing over a memorandum to human rights commission Suhakam today.

He was accompanied by his two friends and fellow detainees Sathiaseelan Letchumanan, 22, and Lingeswaran Rangasamy, 22, as well as PKR’s S Manikavasagam.

The trio were arrested at their homes on Nov 29 last year and released on Jan 25.

In maintaining his innocence, Saravanan said it was impossible for him to commit any crime due to his disability.

“There are metal plates and screws in my arm so I cannot lift anything heavy.

“So how would I be able to lift a parang or a flowerpot to smash a window?”

Saravanan said even if the three of them had indeed committed a crime, they should have been arrested instead of being detained under Poca.

“We are willing to go to jail (if we have committed a crime), but we didn’t do anything,” he said, adding that he was also worried that he could be banished from the state.

Meanwhile, Manikavasagam, who is representing the trio, said he would lodge a complaint with the United Nations as detention under Poca was a violation of human rights.

“Now they are treating them like dogs by forcing them to wear the anklets. They are not terrorists. The minister during a Dewan Rakyat sitting promised that the act was meant for terrorism and serious crimes.”

Manikavasagam also claimed that many of those detained under Poca were Indians.

Those detained under the act can be put behind bars without trial for up to two years.