ISA Detention Order defective, invalid, unconstitutional; Karpal filed - Manoharan Release; Najib Equates Hindraf detainees with Guantanamo Bay ones
DAP lawyers to defend five Hindraf leaders held under ISA
PETALING JAYA: DAP lawyers will represent the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) officials detained under the Internal Security Act. Party central executive committee member A. Sivanesan, who will be among the lawyers, said initially, the party only represented its members M. Manoharan and V. Ganabatirau who are the among the detained Hindraf officials. The other three are lawyers P. Uthayakumar and R. Kenghadharan, and Hindraf coordinator T. Vasanthakumar. “We only received the detention order for Manoharan on Friday and have filed an application at the Ipoh High Court. “
As for Uthayakumar and Kenghadharan, we have received the detention order and will be filing the application tomorrow. “We will obtain the detention orders for Ganabatirau and Vasanthakumar on Tuesday,” Sivanesan told a press conference yesterday. In
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ISA Detention Order defective, invalid, unconstitutional; Karpal filed for Manoharan Release; Najib Equates Hindraf detainees with
Don’t spread rumours via SMS, warns IGP
“We have our intelligence and we are prepared,” he said after attending a seminar on Neighbourhood Watch at the National Institute of Public Administration in Bukit Kiara Saturday. On the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), Musa said more of its members had been arrested but he could not reveal the number yet. He said the DAP had the right to go to court to seek the release of the Hindraf members being held under the ISA. “It is their right and they can try to do it,” he added.= == = == =ORIGINAL Post Below
Writ of habeas corpus filed for Manoharan
“For the first time in the legal history of the ISA in
Earlier at yesterday outside the gates of the Kamunting detention camp in Taiping, Karpal Singh was denied entry to visit the detainees as their lawyer.
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Opposition plans to file application for two lawyers under ISA detention
(The writ of habeas corpus has historically been an important instrument for the safeguarding of individual freedom against arbitrary state action. It is a summons with the force of a court order addressed to the custodian, such as a prison official, demanding that an unlawfully detained person be brought before the court for release.)Also detained under the ISA yesterday were lawyers P. Uthayakumar and R. Kenghadharan, and Hindraf coordinator T. Vasanthakumar. Karpal Singh said the use of ISA under such circumstances could not be justified. “They should be given an opportunity to face trial in open court if there is evidence,” he added.
Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang concurred, “If they have committed an offence, bring them to court to stand trial. If it is sedition, charge them in court.” Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said the five were detained as public sentiments continued to be affected. “I believe the police have all the information to use the ISA for fear that the internal security of the country is compromised,” he said, adding that there were also SMSes spreading allegations against the Government. MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the Government had taken the right action to put the five Hindraf leaders under ISA detention. “Peace needs to be maintained in the country. If you keep creating discord, then the Government has no choice but to invoke the ISA,” he told newsmen in Johor Baru.
= == == == = == = == = == of course not surprising, it was an easy way out and he equate the Hindraf detainees with those in Guantanmao Bay(not carry by Bernama for the MSM, but was on Video Capture.
ISA detentions no surprise, says Najib; Bernama via theSUN
When responding to a
“Can they give a fair trial to the detainees atKUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14, 2007): Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said the detention of the five men under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for the unlawful assemblies in the city here is not surprising. "The government had been very tolerant. We gave them enough advice on the need to respect and obey the law ,and refrain from threatening national security and public order.
, first of all? We will only response if they do so” Guantanamo Bay
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"The public wanted the government to take a stern action much earlier but we were very patient and tolerant. We wanted to see how things develop, giving people a chance. "We gave sufficient warnings and advice. People must obey the law as nobody is above the law. When the ISA was invoked, it should not have come as a surprise to anyone," said Najib who is also Defence Minister.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan said in a statement issued by Bukit Aman yesterday evening that all five had been sent to the Kamunting Detention Camp in Taiping, Perak. The five led the illegal Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) that held an unlawful assembly on Nov 25 and marched to the British High Commission to hand over a petition (INCORRECT????, see how facts are distorted & reported by IGP, they could not go near the HC at all and NO petition was handed over!) ) containing allegations that the Indian community in the country had been sidelined and accusing the Malaysian government of ethnic cleansing. On the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) which organised an illegal rally on Nov 10, Najib said it was up to the Election Commission (EC) to consider its demands. "The EC can look into whatever suggestions but most people view our elections as free and fair," he added.
“Can they give a fair trial to the detainees at
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Najib: ISA For Five Not A Surprise
"The public wanted the government to take a stern action much earlier but we were very patient and tolerant. We wanted to see how things develop, giving people a chance to conform with the requirements of the law. "We gave sufficient warnings and advice. People must obey the law as nobody is above the law. When the ISA was invoked, it should not have come as a surprise to anyone," Najib, who is also Defence Minister, told a press conference after the 36th General Border Committee Malaysia-Indonesia (GBC Malindo) meeting here today.
On November 25, the five -- P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau and T. Vasanthakumar -- leading a group called the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), held an unlawful assembly and marched to the British High Commission to hand over a petition (INCORRECT distortion & report) containing allegations that the Indian community in the country had been sidelined and accusing the Malaysian government of ethnic cleansing.
On Bersih, which organised an illegal rally on November 10 to ask for free and fair elections, Najib said it was up to the Election Commission(EC) to consider its demands. "The EC can look into whatever suggestions but most people think that our elections are free and fair," he said
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The statement of Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs Shabery Cheek in Parliament yesterday that there is no demand for the abolition of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and that ISA detention cannot be compared to the detention in Guantanamo Bay reflects his great ignorance over the demands made by various foreign and local organizations, including SUHAKAM on the abolition of the Act. Shabery Cheek said that the cruelty and grave human rights violation in Guantanamo Bay, such as the stamping and flushing of Quran pages in the toilet is something unheard of in ISA detention. Shabery Cheek must have conveniently forgotten that there are sworn affidavits from ISA detainees stating that they were forced to drink urine, and one was stripped and made to enact the crucification of Jesus Christ. He told parliament the Secretary General of United Nations has demanded the detention center in
The fact remains that detention at
‘No demand for abolition of ISA’(malaysiakini yesterday)
Was foreign affairs ministry parliamentary secretary Ahmad Shabery Cheek being well, cheeky, in claiming that “no one has demanded that the Internal Security Act (ISA) be abolished”? He delivered this astonishing response, when replying to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh), who wanted to know if
Ahmad said the ISA should not be equated with the
Another difference, he pointed out, was that, while there have been demands from human rights organisations to close down the base, “no one has asked for the ISA to be abolished”. (This is in spite of well-publicised pressure by rights groups, detainees’ families, opposition parties and the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia to seek repeal of the security law which provides for indefinite detention without trial.) “Issues related to violation of human rights at
“Newsweek reported that the Quran was stamped on, ridiculed and flushed down the toilets (in the detention camp).Such things are unheard of here.”
“The government through its embassy in
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Indian-Based NGOs Happy Over Meeting With PM
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- The leaders of 13 Indian- based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have expressed happiness over the frank and open meeting they had with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the Prime Minister's Office here Friday. They felt that similar discussions should be held regularly, allowing them to put forward their views on thorny issues concerning the Indian community. "It was a very fruitful meeting. All of us were given a chance to speak and the prime minister was willing to listen to our grievances. We spoke about various issues including sensitive ones. He was very receptive and we're glad that he wanted to hear us out," Malaysian Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar told Bernama after the two-hour meeting.
Other NGOs present at the meeting were the Malaysian Hindu Sangam, Malaysian Hindu Dharma Mamandram, Malaysian Hindu Association, Sri Murugan Centre, Malaysian Hindu Youth Council, Malaysian Tamil Youth
Indian Youth Council president A. Rajaratnam. He said the NGOs also wanted unity and integration of races in the country strengthened. Suhakam's Siva Subramaniam said the meeting was "frank and cordial" and that apart from the Hindraf issue, racial integration came under spotlight at the meeting. "Although they (the NGOs) put forward their views, they stressed that unity should be of paramount importance.
They want a united
PM meets Indian-based NGOs
He said the prime minister listened attentively to various matters raised by the NGOs and explained at length what the government was doing for the Malaysian Indians to uplift them economically and socially. "He also explained the government's stand on the Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) issue and all those who attended pledged to work with the government for the betterment of the Malaysian Indian community." The spokesman said Abdullah did not make any promises but listened to the views expressed by the 13 NGOs. "One thing for certain is that the NGOs disagreed with the way Hindraf used demonstrations to voice its views and claims, specifically ethnic cleansing of the Indian community, which they said did not make sense," he added.
Among the NGOs that attended the meeting were the Malaysian Hindu Sangam, Malaysian Hindu Dharma Mamandram, Malaysian Hindu Association, Sri Murugan Centre, Malaysian Hindu Youth Council, Malaysian Tamil Youth Bell Clubs Council, and Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The others were the Malaysian Indian Business Association, National Land Finance Cooperative Society, National Union of Plantation Workers, Malaysian Tamil School Headmasters Association, Child Information Learning and Development Centre, and Yayasan Strategik Sosial. Also present were Works Minister and MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and Suhakam commissioner Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam.= == === == =Is it what the people want or what the Government wanted??????
People Support Use Of ISA - Zainuddin
Yesterday, the government arrested five leaders of the unregistered group, Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), under the ISA, and according to police, the five had been sent to the Kamunting Detention Centre, Taiping. The five lawyers; P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan and V. Ganabatirau, and a senior executive with a public-listed company, T. Vasanthakumar -- are detained for two years for sedition and for carrying out activities which threatened national security
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Struggle will go on, says Hindraf leader