Three things we learned from: The Himpunan 355 rally — Da Lim and Yiswaree Palansamy

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY DA LIM & YISWAREE PALANSAMY

PAs supporters are seen at Padang Merbok during the PAS-led Himpunan 355 rally in Kuala Lumpur February 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

PAs supporters are seen at Padang Merbok during the PAS-led Himpunan 355 rally in Kuala Lumpur February 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Thousands attended the PAS-led Himpunan 355 rally yesterday in the nation’s capital in a bid to increase punishments for Shariah offences.

PAS and several Muslim NGOs have packaged the proposed change to the existing law as the seemingly innocuous “RUU355”, a reference to Act 355 or the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 which currently limits the Shariah courts’ maximum sentencing powers to three years’ jail, RM5,000 fine and six lashes.

Now in its third edition, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill is seeking an increase of the penalties that Shariah courts can mete out to a maximum of 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 lashes.

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Second autopsy shows Balamurugan beaten in police custody, lawyers say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File photo of counsel N. Surendran (left) speaking to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic

File photo of counsel N. Surendran (left) speaking to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — A second autopsy on S. Balamurugan’s body confirmed he had suffered multiple beatings in police custody, which his family’s lawyers said had triggered heart failure.

N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya said that the autopsy at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) found that Balamurugan died due to a “coronary artery disease with multiple blunt force injuries”.

“The deceased suffered multiple injuries to various parts of the body including the chest, head, legs and back which triggered heart failure,” they said in a statement. Read more

The legality of travel bans — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

PRESIDENT Trump’s travel ban has hit a glitch. His executive order banning refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US was temporarily blocked from taking effect by a California trial judge. This is a temporary stay until the final hearing of a suit filed by two states – Washington and Minnesota – challenging the legality of the travel ban. Trump appealed to the California Appeal Court for an emergency stay of this temporary restraining order while its appeal against the order of the trial judge proceeds.

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