Give them a fair trial here — Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

BY AZMI SHAROM

THE arrest of Turkish nationals Turgay Karaman and Ihsan Aslan gives rise to some serious concerns.

According to the Inspector-General of Police, they were arrested under Section 130 of the Penal Code. Section 130 is about the crime of participating in terrorist activities.

Ah, terrorism, that one wonderful word which can be used to hide a multitude of sins.

If these men are involved in terrorism (according to the police they are linked to Islamic State), then by all means let them be tried in open court here in Malaysia.

However, they do seem to be rather unlikely terrorists. Although, never having met a terrorist before, I am not an expert on the matter. Read more

Uphold Established Principles of Common Law — The Malaysian Bar

Source: The Malaysian Bar

Statement dated 10 May 2017

The Malaysian Bar is deeply concerned by the recent decision of the High Court to strike out the claim — brought by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and two others — against the Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak for the tort of misfeasance in public office.
The claim centres on alleged financial improprieties concerning 1Malaysia Development Berhad (“1MDB”) and its related companies, by the Prime Minister as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of 1MDB.  It includes allegations that sums of RM2.6 billion and RM42 million were transferred from SRC International Sdn Bhd into the personal bank accounts of the Prime Minister, and that he had abused the powers of his office to interfere with investigations into the alleged financial improprieties.

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Court rules EC not obliged to explain redelineation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activist Haris Ibrahim reportedly filed for a court order in January 2015 to compel the EC to furnish the details of all constituencies in its redelineation exercise on its website, like in India. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 ― The Court of Appeal ruled today that voters were not entitled to receive information from the Election Commission (EC) on how it arrived at the redelineation process.

News portal Malaysiakini reported that the appellate court, in refusing activist Haris Ibrahim’s appeal to a decision by a lower court that had rejected his application to obtain information on the EC’s proposed redelineation, ruled that he had not pleaded on how the EC would be infringing on his rights.

Justice Datuk Zamani A. Rahim, who wrote the judgment, also reportedly cited the lack of federal legislation in Malaysia protecting freedom of information, compared to India and Canada.

“Based on the above, (Haris’) appeal is without merit and should be refused. It is a challenge to the constitutional duties of the EC as specified under Article 113 of the Federal Constitution,” he was quoted saying in the unanimous decision by the three-member bench. Read more