Pregnant wife challenges husband’s detention under Poca


Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of a salesman is challenging the 21-day remand order against him under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca).

A. Magaswarie, who is six months’ pregnant, filed the notice of appeal on behalf of R. Vishnu Moorthy, 38, who was detained on March 29 over a foreign exchange investment scheme, in which some 20,000 investors were said to have been cheated.

In the certificate of urgency, Magaswarie’s counsel P. Uthayakumar said Vishnu Moorthy was wrongly detained without trial under Poca.

Vishnu Moorthy, now detained at the Jalan Tun Razak police station, said he is not satisfied with the magistrate’s order on March 29 and asked for the court to dispose the case as soon as possible.

Uthayakumar said Vishnu Moorthy was denied his rights to meet his counsel although three letters were sent to Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, who has not replied.

He said Magaswarie and the family were also denied their rights to meet Vishnu Moorthy, who is appealing on constitutional points, especially Article 5(2) of the Federal Constitution ensuring the “right of life” read together with Article 4 of the Constitution.

The appeal was filed in the High Court registry here via Messrs Kumar Hashimah & Co. The Public Prosecutor has been named as the sole defendant.