Carpenter awarded RM310,000 in damages for assault and unlawful detention

Source: The Malay Mail

PUTRAJAYA, June 7 — A carpenter was awarded a sum of RM310,000 in damages by the Federal Court today for unlawful detention and for assault while he was being remanded by police in 2008.

The five-man bench comprising Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Datuk Seri Balia Yusof Wahi, Tan Sri Aziah Ali and Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha ruled in favour of Mohd Hady Ya’akop after dismissing the appeal by four police officers and the government.

Justice Balia, who delivered the court’s judgment, had increased the exemplary damages for unlawful detention from RM50,000 to RM100,000.

He also maintained the appellate court’s decision to award Mohd Hady RM50,000 for false imprisonment and RM160,000 in damages for assault.

In the landmark judgment, Balia said Mohd Hady was entitled to bring a collateral proceeding and file a civil action against the police to challenge his remand order.

Balia said the courts were entrusted to oversee that the detention of prisoners and detainees were proper and the High Court has the power to correct any error, adding that assault in police custody was a clear violation. Read more

Bangladeshi activist alleges harsh conditions in KLIA lockup

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: A Bangladeshi human rights activist who was arrested when he flew into Malaysia with a valid visa last week has claimed that he saw several other travellers from his country being detained under trying conditions despite possessing proper documents.

Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the rights group Odhikar, also said he was forced to fork out US$100 (RM429) to get food while in detention at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) during the ordeal.

The Bangladeshi Supreme Court advocate, who was later deported by the Malaysian immigration department, said detainees who could not afford to pay the amount had to consume water only. Read more

Rayuan k’jaan ditolak, bekas tahanan ISA dapat RM5.16 juta

Sumber: Malaysiakini

The Palace of Justice in Putrajaya - File pix

The Palace of Justice in Putrajaya – File pix

Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini menolak rayuan oleh polis dan kerajaan terhadap kuantum ganti rugi am diarahkan supaya dibayarkan kepada lima bekas tahanan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri semasa era Reformasi pada tahun 2001.

Mahkamah tertinggi negara itu juga mengekalkan pampasan RM10,000 sehari yang diberikan kepada lima mereka sepanjang tempoh penahanan mereka yang menyalahi undang-undang.

Setiap mereka dikurung dari 41 hingga 53 hari, iaitu ketika dalam jagaan polis sebelum dipindahkan ke pusat tahanan Kamunting.

Mereka adalah Ahli Parlimen Batu Chua Tian Chang atau Tian Chua, ADUN Hulu Klang Saari Sungib, aktivis Hishamuddin Rais, bekas Ahli Majlis Tertinggi PKR Badrul Amin Baharom dan Badaruddin Ismail, yang lebih dikenali sebagai Pak Din.

Pampasan itu bagaimanapun tidak meliputi tempoh dua tahun ketika mereka ditahan di kem Kamunting untuk tahanan ISA, selepas dilabel sebagai pengganas pada masa itu oleh Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Norian Mai. Read more