Respect the rule of law and release Khairuddin and Matthias Chang — Steven Thiru

Source: The Malay Mail Online

steven thiru-icon prezOCTOBER 15 — The Malaysian Bar deplores the misuse of the Penal Code and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (“SOSMA”) by the authorities in the recent arrest, detention and prosecution of Dato’ Sri Khairuddin Abu Hassan (“Dato’ Sri Khairuddin”), and his lawyer, Matthias Chang, a Member of the Malaysian Bar.

Dato’ Sri Khairuddin and Matthias Chang were arrested and detained under SOSMA on 18 September 2015 and 8 October 2015, respectively. It is reported that they were being investigated under Section 124K (sabotage) and Section 124L (attempt to commit sabotage) of the Penal Code. Dato’ Sri Khairuddin filed a habeas corpus application, which was fixed for hearing on 13 October 2015. It was reported that Matthias Chang was about to file a habeas corpus application as well.

However, both men were charged on 12 October 2015 in the Magistrates’ Court, for the offence of attempting to commit sabotage under Section 124L of the Penal Code. It has been alleged that the act of sabotage is in relation to the lodging of reports about possible corrupt practices, with law enforcement agencies in five foreign countries — France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore — that was purportedly intended to be a conspiracy to cause harm to the banking and financial system of Malaysia. If convicted, they could be sentenced for up to 15 years in jail. Both men have applied to the High Court to challenge the prosecution against them.

Section 124L of the Penal Code is within Part VI of the Penal Code. Under SOSMA, all offences under Part VI and Part VIA of the Penal Code are considered security offences, triable in the High Court. Read more

Bar Council Malaysia appalled at Chang’s detention

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Malaysian Bar is appalled that a member of the bar is being detained for acting for his client, says Bar Council president Steven Thiru. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, October 8, 2015.

The Bar Council has expressed its unhappiness over the arrest of lawyer Mathias Chang under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, calling the detention “appalling”.

“I can tell you that the Malaysian Bar is absolutely appalled that a member of the bar is being treated this way for acting for his client,” Bar Council president Steven Thiru said today.

He said that the Bar Council has the same reservations about the use of the act as it did for the arrest of Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan recently, under the same act.

Chang was arrested earlier today. Read more