Zahid told to respect judicial process on naming out-of-wedlock children

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been told to respect the country’s judicial process instead of making critical remarks against the Court of Appeal’s decision on the naming of Muslim children born out of wedlock.

PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya said the courts should be allowed to decide on the matter impartially on the basis of the law and the Federal Constitution, without unnecessary positions being taken by government leaders on the issue.

“I have never come across a case of an instance of a deputy PM showing such gross disrespect to the judicial process,” she said.

“It is clear Zahid is trying to make political capital out of this case, with the general elections around the corner. It is most unfair as this involves the lives and future of innocent children,” she said in a statement today. Read more

No basis for Zahid’s best police in Asean comment, say lawyers

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PETALING JAYA: Human rights lawyers have expressed their disbelief over Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement yesterday, that an international body had rated the Malaysian police force as the best in Asean.

“Can Zahid tell us which so-called international body said this? (It’s) quite hard to believe,” lawyer Latheefa Koya said in a text message to FMT today.

Zahid, who is also the home minister, did not name the international body which had given the rating, or furnish any other details to back the statement he made at the “Addressing Perception on Safety and Security” forum yesterday. Read more

Government’s Sedition Act appeal to be heard on July 17

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Apex court will also deliberate whether the 1948 law is valid since the Malaysian Parliament that passes legislation only came into existence in 1957. Pic from FMT News.

Apex court will also deliberate whether the 1948 law is valid since the Malaysian Parliament that passes legislation only came into existence in 1957. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has fixed July 17 to hear the government’s appeal to set aside a landmark ruling by a lower court declaring Section 3 (3) of the Sedition Act as unconstitutional.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya, appearing for Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, said the date was fixed following case management before deputy registrar Shahrin Jeli Johari.

In November last year, the Court of Appeal, which allowed Mat Shuhaimi’s appeal, said that both intention and the act must be proven by the prosecution to establish a prima face case.

In February, the Federal Court allowed the government’s leave to appeal application without contest.

Latheefa said today, “During the appeal, we will be revisiting the 2015 Federal Court ruling in Azmi Shahrom’s case.”

In October 2015, Universiti Malaya law lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom lost his constitutional challenge against the Sedition Act 1948 and was ordered by the Federal Court to stand trial for issuing an allegedly seditious remark. Read more

Kenapa masih belum ada tangkapan kes Balamurugan, kata peguam

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N Surendran dan Latheefa Koya berkata menteri dalam negeri tidak boleh mendiamkan perkara itu kerana sudah 5 minggu kes itu berlarutan sejak kematian Balamurugan dalam tahanan polis. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

N Surendran dan Latheefa Koya berkata menteri dalam negeri tidak boleh mendiamkan perkara itu kerana sudah 5 minggu kes itu berlarutan sejak kematian Balamurugan dalam tahanan polis. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Lima minggu selepas kematian dalam tahanan S Balamurugan, peguam mewakili ahli keluarganya mempersoalkan tiada lagi tangkapan atau pertuduhan dibuat berhubung kes itu.

Dalam satu kenyataan bersama hari ini, peguam N Surendran dan Latheefa Koya mempersoalkan mengapa masih belum ada tindakan walaupun gambar bedah siasat menunjukkan tahap kecederaan Balamurugan.

Peguam itu berkata keputusan bedah siasat kedua yang dijalankan Hospital Kuala Lumpur menunjukkan Balamurugan mengalami beberapa kecederaan di dada, kepala, kaki dan belakang, membuktikan beliau diserang dengan teruk ketika dalam tahanan polis.

Bulan lalu, pegawai polis yang dipercayai terbabit dalam kematiannya dipanggil untuk soal siasat. Bagaimanapun, Ketua Polis Selangor Abdul Samah Mat berkata pegawai terbabit tidak boleh digantung tugas.

“Kami masih menyiasat mereka. Kami tidak boleh menghukum seseorang sebelum siasatan lengkap untuk menentukan jika berlaku sebarang salah laku,” kata Abdul Samah.

Balamurugan, 44, meninggal dunia pada 8 Februari ketika ditahan di balai polis Klang Utara. Dia ditahan pada 6 Februari dan dibawa ke mahkamah bagi mendapatkan perintah reman keesokan harinya. Read more