State pardons boards should meet periodically, says lawyer

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The pardons board of every state should hold meetings periodically to pore over cases under their respective jurisdictions, the Malaysian Bar’s migrants, refugees and immigration affairs committee said today.

Its chairman M Ramachelvam said that at present, each board’s activities were opaque and one did not hear of anything much happening at these meetings.

He also said neither the frequency nor the results of the meetings were made known to others, with the exception of the Johor Pardons Board where there were some commutations of sentences in conjunction with the Sultan of Johor’s coronation. Read more

Wife of dead detainee seeks justice with plea to Suhakam

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of a detainee who died in police custody today asked the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) for help to determine what caused his death and for action against the police officers who neglected his health.

Janagi Nadarajah, 40, sobbed as she told Suhakam Commisioner Dr Aishah Bidin that she had pleaded with the policemen who arrested her husband Benedict Thanilas, 44, to look after him as he was seriously ill.

“I told them he was severely ill and will not be able to survive in the lock-up without proper care.

“But they told me to look after my family at home while they would care for my husband in prison,” said Janagi at the Suhakam office here where she handed over a memorandum. Read more