Jawi drops Shariah charges against Kassim Ahmad

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Kassim Ahmad (pic) has won in the civil courts in his legal challenge against Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Jawi and the government of Malaysia over his arrest and prosecution in the Shariah courts. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 ― Shariah prosecutors today finally withdrew two 2014 Shariah charges against Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad after the octogenarian’s long court battles, his lawyer confirmed.

Kassim’s lawyer Rosli Dahlan said the 83-year-old will no longer face the two Shariah charges that are both punishable with a maximum RM3,000 fine or maximum two-year jail, or both.

“The charges are all dropped, Kassim is totally free, all three of the bailors are released and bail money is to be returned,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted after Kassim’s case was mentioned at the Putrajaya Shariah High Court. Read more

Policy of arresting the homeless cruel, ineffective says charity

Source: NST Online

The arrest  and detention of the homeless without trial under the Destitute Persons Act must be stopped as it is cruel, said a non-profit charitable organisation today. Pic by NSTP/Mohd Rizal Abdullah

The arrest and detention of the homeless without trial under the Destitute Persons Act must be stopped as it is cruel, said a non-profit charitable organisation today. Pic by NSTP/Mohd Rizal Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR: The arrest and detention of the homeless without trial under the Destitute Persons Act must be stopped as it is cruel, said a non-profit charitable organisation today.

Petaling Jaya-based Community Excel Services (CES) said the current policy of detention does not help the homeless as they are stigmatised and placed under ‘rehabilitation’ against their will, which does more harm than good.

“Rounding up and detaining the city’s homeless population shouldn’t be part of government strategy to help vulnerable people.

“What we should do is address the psychological and emotional needs of the homelessness, which includes their lack of love, feeling of belonging, acceptance and safety,” said CES coordinator Jerry Teo.

He was speaking to the press during CES’ KL Urban Fellowship program to assist the poor, which includes providing medical check-ups, clothing giveaways, games and meal sessions with volunteers at its centre in Lorong Petaling. Read more

Government appeals Teresa Kok’s RM350,000 win over ISA detention

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Sankara said Kok was 'quite disappointed', pointing out that the Court of Appeal had already taken the time to consider arguments from all parties to give a detailed judgment. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Sankara said Kok was ‘quite disappointed’, pointing out that the Court of Appeal had already taken the time to consider arguments from all parties to give a detailed judgment. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — The federal government is challenging a court ruling ordering payment of RM350,000 in compensation to DAP MP Teresa Kok over her arrest and detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA), her lawyer said today.

Sankara Nair confirmed that the Attorney-General’s Chambers was not merely appealing against the Court of Appeal’s RM350,000 award, but was appealing against the “entire decision” last July which found the government liable for the opposition lawmaker’s wrongful arrest and detention in 2008 under the ISA that has since been abolished.

He confirmed that the AGC had filed its notice of motion seeking leave to appeal at the Federal Court and served it today on Kok’s lawyers.

“We will be prepared to defend the appeal because I think the law on it is very settled and the facts on it are not disputed,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

Sankara said his client was “quite disappointed”, pointing out that the Court of Appeal had already taken the time to consider arguments from all parties to give a detailed judgment.

“Since the decision is sound in my opinion with well thought-out and clear reasoning by the Court of Appeal, it would seem quite unfair for the AG’s Chambers to appeal,” he said.

The 30-day deadline for the government to appeal the July 26 decision by the Court of Appeal ends today. Read more

Mahkamah putuskan penahanan, pendakwaan Kassim Ahmad tidak sah

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Tangkapan dan penahanan intelektual dan aktivis Islam Dr Kassim Ahmad yang dilakukan Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan pada 2013 adalah tidak sah, putus Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 21 Disember, 2015.

Tangkapan dan penahanan intelektual dan aktivis Islam Dr Kassim Ahmad yang dilakukan Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan  (Jawi) pada 2013 adalah tidak sah, putus Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini.

Panel 3 orang hakim diketuai Vernon Ong Lam Kiat berkata, Jawi tidak mempunyai bidang kuasa terhadap Kassim yang menetap di Kedah.

“Kami mengarahkan penangkapan, penahanan dan pendakwaan terbatal dan kes dibuang,” katanya dalam membenarkan rayuan Kassim menentang keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi.

Panel hakim juga membenarkan hujah Mahkamah Tinggi Sivil mempunyai bidang kuasa yang lebih tinggi berbanding tribunal yang lebih rendah, termasuk Mahkamah Syariah dalam soal perundangan. Read more