Special child sexual crimes court sits for first time with five cases

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Among the individuals brought to the Special Criminal Court to initiate sexual misconduct proceedings against children at the Palace of Justice today. –fotoBERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA: The Special Criminal Court handling cases involving child sexual victims makes its inaugural sitting today with five cases being heard.
Sessions Court judge Yong Zarida Sazali presided over the cases which comprised one outrage of decency fresh charge, a rape trial and three mention rape cases.
The special court was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on June 22, this year.The judge began the proceedings at 9 am and took about an hour to complete hearing the mention cases and the fresh charge.

She then proceeded to hear the rape trial in-camera involving a 29-year old food stall worker Mohd Haziq Hussain who was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in a house in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur on Feb 15, 2015.Yong earlier issued an order for the trial proceedings to be heard in camera on a request by deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Aimi Syazwani Sarmin.

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UM to host tribunal on atrocities against Rohingya

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Dr Chandra Muzaffar who is organising committee chairman for Tribunal on the Rohingyas says witnesses will be called to testify in court-like setting. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A tribunal that hopes to expose claims of crimes against the Rohingya and other ethnic groups by the Myanmar government, will hold a hearing at the Universiti Malaya in September.

Social activist Dr Chandra Muzaffar, who is the organising committee chairman for the Tribunal on the Rohingyas, Kachins and other ethnic minorities, said that the tribunal wants to expose the alleged inhuman treatment and push to stop the crimes.

“The process will be similar to a hearing, with the Myanmar ethnic groups testifying before a jury. Read more

Lawyer says execution of two men an ‘unlawful act’

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Family of executed brothers wants authorities to explain why they were hanged in a rush, with legal process not exhausted, says lawyer N Surendran. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The family of Rames and Suthar Batumalai, who were hanged four months ago over the murder of a man, is seeking explanations over their execution.

The family’s lawyer N Surendran, in a press conference today, said the family wants the Kajang prison authorities and the home ministry to explain why the execution was carried out without exhausting the legal process.

“When the execution was carried out, the outcome of the clemency petition was still pending. “A clemency petition is part of the legal process, not some discretion. It is not a privilege, but a legal right. Read more

Perkasa told to show respect to LGBT community

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The Malay rights group had called on Muslims to boycott Starbucks as the American cafe chain is a supporter of the LGBT community and same-sex marriage. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A human rights lawyer has called on Perkasa to accord due respect to minority groups like the LGBT, reasoning that every person has equal rights to others.

Annou Xavier said companies that hired individuals from different gender, racial, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds were upholding the principle of equality before the law.

“Some companies, like perfume distributors and fashion outlets, hire the transgender community to sell their products because they do not discriminate against the minority group,” he told FMT. Read more

Tutup kes hasutan buktikan saya di pihak benar, kata Jufazli

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Aktivis muda Jufazli Shi Ahmad berkata beliau dimaklumkan ketua pendakwaraya negeri menutup kesnya hari ini. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Aktivis Jufazli Shi Ahmad berkata keputusan ketua pendakwa raya negeri menutup kes berkaitan dakwaannya terhadap salahlaku dan rasuah dalam kerajaan Sabah menunjukkan beliau di pihak yang benar.

Menurut Jufazli, penutupan kes itu dimaklumkan kepadanya selepas menghubungi polis hari ini.

“Mereka memaklumkan ketua pendakwaraya negeri memutuskan secara rasmi kes saya yang dibuka di bawah kesalahan Akta Hasutan pada 9 November 2016 lepas ‘telah ditutup’,” kata Jufazli dalam kenyataan hari ini.

“Pihak pendakwaan membebaskan saya sepenuhnya dan tiada pendakwaan mahkamah daripada pertuduhan menghasut rakyat melawan kerajaan kerana tiada unsur-unsur jenayah menghasut.” Read more