ISA Easy Way Out on 5 HINDRAF Leaders; 13 Dec 07 – No Charges, Prosecution, Trial, Bail or Arguments – 2 years in Kamunting
Five Hindraf leaders detained under ISA; Charles Ramendran, theSUN
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According to a staff of his law firm, Hindraf leader lawyer P.Uthayakumar was in his Menara Mutiara office in Bangsar when about 10 policemen, one in uniform and the rest in plainclothes turned up in unmarked cars at about and told him that he was being detained under the ISA. Uthayakumar was told by police to leave his belongings, including his handphone before being led away to Bukit Aman.
It is learnt that Kengatharan (ABOVE) was picked up in his Petaling Jaya office at while Vasantha (BELOW) was roped in while having lunch in a restaurant in Brickfields.
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Ganapathirao (ABOVE) , who was ordered to report to Negri Sembilan police, is said to have been held in the state's police headquarters. The ISA allows the police to hold the five for two months (60 days). The Internal Security Minister, who is also Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, will then decide whether to extend the detention up to two years in the ISA detention centre in Kamunting, Perak. It is learnt that the SB personnel who carried out the arrests had told the five men that they were being held for their roles in Hindraf and as a preventive move to halt the group's plans to hold another massive rally soon. In a statement by Bukit Aman, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police had launched the operation covering the
Reuters, quoting a police official who declined to be named, said Hindraf had stunned the government by bringing more than 10,000 ethnic Indians on to the streets to complain of racial discrimination. Uthayakumar, who had already been charged with sedition for alleging that
In 2001, five people were killed and 37 wounded in riots between majority ethnic Malays and Indians which began after an Indian kicked a chair over at a Malay wedding. In 1969, hundreds were killed in rioting between Malays and ethnic Chinese. A source in the Special Branch, the police force's intelligence arm, said today that Hindraf's protests and allegations of ethnic cleansing at the hands of a Malay-dominated government had angered many Malays, who are Muslims.
Police were keeping a close watch on Malay activists and mosques, the source told Reuters. "This is a multiracial country and it takes little to upset the balance," said the source, who declined to be named. But the opposition has accused the government of using the spectre of racial violence as an excuse to crack down on peaceful dissent, noting that police were enforcing a blanket ban on all forms of anti-government protest, regardless of the issue.
"We condemn these arrests," said Lim Guan Eng, head of the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP). "It is a desperate act of last resort and if the government has any evidence, it should charge them in an open court," he added. "We urge the government to seek national reconciliation, not confrontation with disaffected, marginalised and dispossessed Malaysians."
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M'sia arrests ethnic Indian acitivists under security law
'Police detained Hindraf legal adviser P. Uthayakumar and four other leaders today in an unwarranted action under the ISA,' Hindraf member S. Jayathas told reporters.
It is believed it has not been used against government critics since 2001, when
'Police detained Hindraf legal adviser P. Uthayakumar and four other leaders today in an unwarranted action under the ISA,' Hindraf member S. Jayathas told reporters. Mr Jayathas said police also detained M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau and T. Vasanthakumar - prominent members of the group which enraged the government by mounting a mass anti-discrimination rally last month. 'Regardless of the arrests this struggle will move on. We have many leaders who are waiting to take over and we will not go backwards but move ahead with the fight for the rights of Indians in Malaysia,' Mr Jayathas said.
Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang condemned the government's move and said that if the Hindraf leaders had committed any offence they should be charged and tried in an open court. 'It is deplorable, the use of the ISA is completely indefensible,' he told reporters. 'To resort to detention without trial is a regression to the dark days of human rights violations and is something that will bring further shame to
Three Hindraf leaders have already been charged with sedition for speeches in which they criticised preferential treatment for Muslim Malays who make up 60 per cent of the population and control the government.
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Five Behind Unlawful Assemblies Detained Under ISA
M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau dan T. Vasanthakumar --were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) effective Thursday. Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom told Bernama that they were detained at several locations in
On November 23, Uthayakumar, 46, Ganabatirau, 34, and another organizer of the assemblies, P. Waythamoorthy, 41, were charged in the
The police have been monitoring the group, which is not registered, since July 28 when it started to fan racial sentiments among the Indian community by raising hatred for and opposition against the government. The group's leaders, who comprise lawyers and senior executives of private companies, are said to have tried to gain support and assistance from "terrorist" groups as well as international assistance from
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, in a statement Thursday, said Uthayakumar was detained at his firm at Menara Mutiara, Bangsar, at .
Ganabatirau was detained at the Negeri Sembilan police headquarters at 2.10pm while Vasanthakumar, 34, a senior executive of a public listed company, was detained at a restaurant in Jalan Brickfields at 2pm. Kenghadharan, 40, a lawyer, was detained in Jalan SS2/55, Petaling Jaya, at 12.30pm and Manoharan, 46, also a lawyer, in Jalan Pantai Baru here at 1.55pm. Musa said all five had been sent to the Kamunting Detention Camp in Taiping.
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Monday hearing on bail for 31 Hindraf demonstrators
R. Surenthira Kumar and Llew-Ann Phang
SHAH ALAM (Dec 13, 2007): The High Court here today postponed to Monday (Dec 17) hearing for an application to revise a sessions court’s decision to deny bail for 31 people charged with attempted murder, causing mischief and illegal gathering. Justice Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim postponed the proceedings after Bar Council representative Ragunath Kesavan told the court Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is prosecuting, had asked for proceedings to be adjourned pending some appeals sent to him.
Abdul Gani agreed (to the postponment), saying he had received two appeals so far and needed time to sort out these matters. Ragunath also got the court to direct that the 31 accused, charged with committing the offences at the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) gathering in front of the Sri Subramaniam temple in
Later about 11.30am, Hindraf co-founder and legal adviser P. Uthayakumar came to the court grounds with 31 coconuts, 31 caged birds and camphor to perform a special pooja (prayers) for the safe release of the accused on Monday, much to the delight of accused’s family members.
ABOVE & BELOW: The special prayers were said before the 31 Birds were set free, a symbolic gesture for the 31 detained.
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They Don't Love The Nation, Says Abdullah
PETALING JAYA, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday that those who defame the country overseas are people who do not love their country. "The people are also angry at those who go overseas to seek support and cook up baseless allegations.” Actually they don't love the country, they only hunger for power and don't care about what happens to the country," he told reporters after receiving a memorandum (see BELOW) from the Damai Malaysia group opposing street demonstrations in the country. Abdullah said that those who were obsessed with their views did not care about the consequences of their acts. "We are the ones who have to face everything. We have to defend the peace and well-being of the people," he said.
operators have also received cancellations," he said. The memorandum submitted by Damai
Speaking in KUANTAN later, upon his arrival for a one-day visit to Pahang, Abdullah labelled those who solicit support from outsiders as traitors and the action of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), which claimed to fight for the rights of the Indian community in Malaysia, as an attempt to destroy the country and racial unity. "This is a betrayal of our country. Was there ethnic cleansing? There was nothing about wiping out the Indians in the country," he said at a function to welcome him and his wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base. Abdullah said the Barisan Nasional-led government always listened to the views of the people which were conveyed through the proper channels like the elected representatives, associations, non-governmental organisations and certain committees."We carry out development according to the wishes and aspirations of the people and we practise a policy of helping all the races," he said.
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