Thursday, December 13, 2007

MORE PICS - Uthayakumar Hindraf Advisor – a harassed Man; Charged, Recharged, Bailed, Released, Rearrested; Harassed - PAS Mohd Sabu; PKR - Gobala

Malaysiakini as usual has all the early stories on the Hindraf

The Malaysian Association for Community Development president Norizan Shariff said the demonstrations by Umno Youth and Hindraf had nothing in common.(see BELOW) Then how did they do it? No need to walk along the streets and carry the banners? Send the Memo over the internet by email?

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Uthayakumar freed again
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 12, 2007): Lawyer P. Uthayakumar who was rearrested by police soon after he was released on bail yesterday was freed again today.

ABOVE: Acknowledging the supporters with his wave

His lawyers had waited for him in the Jalan Duta courts thinking police would remand him but were pleased to hear that he was released by Kuala Lumpur police at 5pm. Upon being released, Uthayakumar who is adviser to the Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF), headed to a Hindu temple opposite Puduraya where he offered prayers with his family and supporters.

ABOVE: After his release he walked to the Koddu Malai Pillaiyar temple, located one kilometer away from the police station and offered his prayers of thanks. A God fearing man with evil intentions? Any misunderstandings, crimes, and atrocities, real as they are, are seldom committed out of any intent to be evil, but because of severe misinterpretations about the nature of good, and the means that can be taken towards its actualization of Hindraf aims

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Two hours earlier, a police team from the state police headquarters raided Uthayakumar's law firm in Menara Mutiara, Bangsar, where they spent several hours searching for documents and other material. The team left at about 7pm carting away several computers and dozens of files. The 46-year-old lawyer was arrested under the Sedition Act yesterday morning and was charged in court several hours later. He was freed on a RM50,000 bail but was later rearrested by police for investigations into another police report into fresh allegations of sedition. City's CID chief SAC II Ku Chin Wah confirmed Uthayakumar was released on police bail at 5pm. He said police served his staff a court warrant to search his office for information over the probe in a latest police report lodged against Uthayakumar for publishing seditious materials in a another article in his website.

BELOW: He was fed with sweets and appetizers as the Police probably did not feed him well or he lost his appetite in the Pudu lock-up

Court rejects application after lawyers discharge themselves

R. Surenthira Kumar, Llew-Ann Phang and Charles Ramendran;theSUN

SHAH ALAM (Dec 12, 2007): The Shah Alam High Court today rejected a stay of execution application made against its decision on Monday for three Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf ) leaders to be re-charged in the Klang sessions court for alleged sedition. Judicial Commissioner Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim dismissed the application after four defence counsels – M. Manoharan, A. Srimurugan, A. Sivanesan and Teng Chang Kim - who jointly represent the three Hindraf leaders P. Waythamoorthy, his brother Uthayakumar and V. Ganapathi Rao - discharged themselves from the case. "I find there is no more application before me and the Dec 10 order which ruled to set aside the sessions court decision shall be executed in due course," Abang Iskandar said after the lawyers discharged themselves. Earlier, Manoharan had requested for the court to stand down until Uthayakumar was present but Abang Iskandar said he saw no reason to postpone proceedings to hear the application. Srimurugan then told Abang Iskandar he had been instructed by Uthayakumar to proceed with the application only in his (Uthayakumar's) presence.

"To proceed with the matter in his absence, I will be violating the Legal Profession Act, as an officer of the court," Srimurugan said. Uthayakumar was arrested yesterday and was charged with sedition in the Jalan Duta Court in Kuala Lumpur before he was re-arrested, pending another alleged charge of sedition. He was not present in the Shah Alam Court today. Uthayakumar was only released by Kuala Lumpur police on police bail at 5pm today. Two hours earlier, a police team had raided Uthayakumar's law firm at Menara Mutiara, Bangsar where they spent several hours searching for documents and other material. The team left about 7pm, carting away several computers and dozens of files.

Updated: 07:38PM Wed, 12 Dec 2007

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Wednesday December 12, 2007

Hindraf leader nabbed, freed on bail, nabbed again over alleged sedition

KUALA LUMPUR: In a dramatic sequence of events, Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) legal adviser P. Uthayakumar was arrested twice over alleged seditious offences yesterday. At 9.20am, policemen picked him up outside a shopping mall in Bangsar and brought him to a Sessions Court at noon to face a charge of publishing a seditious letter on a website. Eight hours later, after he posted bail of RM50,000 for allegedly posting the Nov 15 letter on the Police Watch website, he was arrested again at the lobby of the Jalan Duta court complex. By 7pm, his lawyer M. Manoharan said Uthayakumar had been taken to the Pudu prison in connection with another sedition case. A group of Hindraf supporters gathered outside Pudu jail at night and held a candlelight vigil. There was heavy police presence there and part of Jalan Hang Tuah was closed. Soon after midnight, the crowd dispersed without any untoward incident. In the proceedings earlier in the day, Uthayakumar pleaded not guilty to a charge of publishing the alleged letter, which was addressed to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

He was said to have committed the offence at Menara Mutiara Bangsar between Nov 15 and Dec 8. Judge Sabariah Othman ruled it was a bailable offence and considered his similar case in Klang as well as the current situation. Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail objected to the bail, saying it was in public interest. He said the accused had repeated the offence. Gani added: “He is a lawyer and knew the meaning of the words used in the letter. He purposefully did it in a website which is accessible to everyone.” Gani, who led seven prosecutors, said there was another police report against Uthayakumar for sedition. “We will be charging this man again.” Manoharan asked the court to reject the charge, claiming it was groundless because the letter did not carry his client’s signature. Justice Sabariah ruled that the absence of a signature did not make the charge defective and rejected the preliminary objection by the defence.

She set five days from Jan 7 for trial.
Uthayakumar was among three Hindraf leaders who were charged at the
Klang Sessions Court on Nov 23 for allegedly making speeches to incite hatred at a gathering in Batang Berjuntai, Selangor, on Nov 16. On Monday, the Shah Alam High Court ruled that the Sessions Court judge had made a mistake when, on Nov 26, she granted the three lawyers a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.
The High Court, which set aside the lower court’s decision, ordered them to be present at the Sessions Court today for the charge to be reread to them. In another development, CECIL FUNG reports that a 45-year-old man was the latest to be charged for alleged participation in the unlawful Hindraf rally last month. According to the charge under Section 143 of the Penal Code, M. Selvanathan had allegedly “displayed criminal force against policemen who were carrying out their official duties”. He was accused of committing the offence between
6.30am and 9am on Nov 25 at an area near the MIDF Building in Jalan Tun Razak and the Jalan Ampang intersection. He was given an alternative charge, under Section 27(8) of the Police Act, which accused him of being involved in an illegal public assembly. Selvanathan was also charged with continuing in an illegal assembly despite having the knowledge that the assembly had been ordered to disperse. He claimed trial to all charges. Magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abd Wahid granted bail at RM3,000, which was posted. He fixed Feb 11 for a mention of the case to allow Selvanathan to appoint a lawyer.

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Lawyer spends night in jail after re-arrest
By : V. Anbalagan and A. Hafiz Yatim
KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer P. Uthayakumar was slapped with a second sedition charge yesterday and re-arrested immediately after posting bail of RM50,000.

He was taken to the Cheras police station where he is being investigated for additional sedition charges, and held overnight at Pudu jail. There was a 15-minute commotion between 100 Hindraf supporters and police outside the Jalan Duta Court Complex about 5pm when the lawyer was re-arrested. "The police officer did not provide grounds of the arrest," said his counsel M. Manoharan.
"He said he was acting on the orders of the inspector-general of police." Supporters formed a barricade to prevent police from approaching Uthayakumar but his counsel calmed them down. Uthayakumar was then handcuffed and taken away. Uthayakumar, who is the legal adviser to the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), was earlier arrested at the Bangsar Shopping Centre at
Two hours later, he was produced at the Sessions Court where he was charged with sedition. This was the second charge against him in the past two weeks, but Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said there was more to come. While the first sedition charge centred on what he had said in a speech in Tamil to a crowd at a restaurant in Batang Berjuntai, the second was over an alleged letter posted by him on the Internet to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown alleging "ethnic cleansing" of Indians here. Gani led the prosecution team that included head of prosecution Datuk Yusof Zainal Abiden, and deputy public prosecutors Mohd Hanafiah Zakaria, Raja Rozela Raja Toran, Ishak Mohd Yusoff and Allan Suman Pillai. Uthayakumar was charged with publishing seditious material in a letter written between Nov 15 and Dec 8 and posted on the Police Watch website.

The letter, dated Nov 15, was from Hindraf and addressed to Gordon Brown at No 10, Downing Street, London.
In the letter, Uthayakumar alleged that the Indians were being persecuted by a government-backed Islamic extremist terrorist group who laun-ched a pre-dawn attack which destroyed the Kampung Jawa Mariamman Hindu temple.

It also stated that it wanted the United Kingdom to move an emergency United Nations resolution condemning "ethnic cleansing" in Malaysia and appealed to refer Malaysia to the World Court and International Criminal Court for crimes against its own ethnic minority.

The alleged offence took place at 8-10-5 Menara Mutiara Bangsar, Jalan Liku, off Jalan Riong here between Nov 15 and Dec 8 this year.
Uthayakumar claimed trial to the charge. He faces a maximum fine of RM5,000 or a maximum three years' jail. He was represented by counsel M. Manoharan, R. Genghadaran, Vinod Sharma, N. Surendran and Teng Chang Khim. In objecting to bail, Gani said the article was posted on the Internet and it was not only meant for Malaysians, but people from all over the world.

"The accused is a lawyer and he should have known that the words he used in the letter were seditious," the attorney-general said. Manoharan said the charge was baseless as there was no proof that Uthayakumar wrote the article without a signature below it. Judge Sabariah Othman ruled that the charge was in order and there was no need for Uthayakumar's signature to be evident below the alleged seditious article. The court, she said, would go ahead in setting bail at RM50,000 in one surety and fixed five days beginning Jan 7 for hearing.

Yesterday, at about 7pm, a crowd began to gather near Pudu Jail and began shouting for Uthayakumar's release.The police and the Federal Reserve Unit took up positions as the crowd began to swell. Around midnight, a police officer spoke to the crowd and told them to disperse, adding that Uthayakumar would be brought to court in the morning.

The crowd then dispersed.

Uthayakumar is not new to controversy.

On May 20, 2004, he flew to the United Kingdom to seek temporary asylum, alleging that he was being threatened and intimidated by the police.He had also sought the help of several human rights bodies there. In a police report he lodged just before he left for the UK, Uthayakumar alleged that while travelling in Bangsar, three men ambushed and attacked him. In another report, he alleged that police had damaged his car which was parked at the Mutiara Bangsar carpark.

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Uthayakumar re-arrested immediately after raising bail
Giam Say Khoon; theSUN
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 11, 2007): Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader P. Uthayakumar was re-arrested immediately after he was released on bail by a sessions court here today. Uthayakumar, who was arrested this morning, had claimed trial to the charge of posting a seditious letter on website He was allowed bail of RM50,000 with one surety and had his passport impounded. The letter, dated
Nov 15, 2007, was from Hindraf at No. 135-3-A, Jalan Toman 7, Kemayan Square, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, and addressed to

Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom at No. 10, Downing Street, London.
It claimed that the Indians in
Malaysia were persecuted by government-backed Islamic extremists and appealed for international intervention to stop such "ethnic cleansing".
Judge Sabariah Othman fixed five days from Jan 7 for hearing.

Uthayakumar's lawyer M. Manoharan told reporters after the re-arrest that they would appeal to the High Court. He said they were followed and arrested by Cheras police after raising bail. "I asked the police why they are following us and what is the arrest for. They said there is an instruction from the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) to arrest him to take statement on an allegedly seditious [statement] made by him but the police did not give any details," he said. Manoharan said it was the third time Uthayakumar was arrested over the last two weeks for alleged sedition. About 200 Hindraf supporters gathered in the Jalan Duta court complex and a commotion broke when the police brought him back into the building.
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Hindraf men DAP members
By : V. Vasudevan
V. Ganabatirau is advisor to the DAP’s Sri Muda branch

KUALA LUMPUR: Two prominent Hindraf activists, one of whom has been charged with sedition, are members of the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP). V. Ganabatirau is advisor to the DAP's Sri Muda branch in Shah Alam and lawyer M. Manoharan is an ordinary member. Manoharan led a team of lawyers who defended Ganabatirau, P. Uthayakumar and P. Waytha Moorthy at the Klang Sessions Court on sedition charges. Manoharan, together with Uthayakumar, Waytha Moorthy, Ganabatirau and R. Kenghadaran, were named as respondents in a magistrate's court order barring the Hindraf rally on Nov 25.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng admitted today that Ganabathirau and Manoharan were members of the DAP but he disputed police claims that Hindraf leaders had links to terrorist organisations. "These are not proven charges but allegations by the government." Guan Eng also claimed that the issues raised by Hindraf "have struck a chord with our members". "We support them (Hindraf) but not the language they use," Guan Eng said. When asked about allegations of ethnic cleansing of the Indians made by Hindraf's Uthayakumar, Guan Eng said: "Of course, there is no ethnic cleansing in Malaysia. But the issues like marginalisation of the Indian community are there."
He stressed that the DAP did not condone violence and would act against party members involved in violence. Guan Eng, his father, opposition leader Lim Kit Siang, and Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim were among opposition leaders who had turned up at the courts to show moral support for the Hindraf leaders charged with sedition. DAP chairman and Bukit Glugor MP Karpal Singh, however, has distanced himself from Hindraf. In an earlier report, he had said that Hindraf's allegations of ethnic cleansing were baseless and untrue and urged Hindraf leaders to be more responsible when uttering such statements. Karpal also questioned the manner in which Hindraf's rally was carried out, adding that there should not have been any violence involved. He had, however, said DAP was supportive of peaceful demonstrations and questioned the need for police permits.

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December 11, 2007 22:48 PM
Demos By Umno Youth And Hindraf Have Nothing In Common
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- Attempts by certain people to equate the demonstration by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) with efforts by Umno to stand for the rights of Palestinians are difficult to be accepted because the gap in their struggles is very wide, like between the earth and the sky.
The public may still remember when Umno Youth vice chief Khairy Jamaluddin and 10,000 other Malaysians of various religions stood together in a wave of anger towards the United States (US) for defending
Israel that openly murdered the Lebanese and Palestinians. The rally on July 28 last year in this capital city, initiated by Umno Youth, finally managed to hand over a memorandum to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was here for the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, calling for the world power to broker a ceasefire to end the Israeli military campaign.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) senior lecturer Dr Siva Murugan said the demonstration by Umno, participated by people of various races and religions, was a genuine global struggle compared to the one by Hindraf that was desperate in trying to champion its personal interest. "The issues fought for by Umno Youth and Hindraf are far different. It is clear to the people that both have different ideologies though in principle, they voice out oppression against a particular race," he said. Dr Siva said Hindraf actually tried to cloud the eyes of the Malaysian people by saying that it was fighting for the Indians in the country to the extent that it was willing to use violent means including "battling its own people and authorities."

"Peaceful demonstrations are not something new in the country and often allowed by the authorities. The issue now is Hindraf has exceeded the line by disrupting public order and challenging the authorities," he said. He said an assembly bent on radicalism and extremism should not be accepted by the people in the country. "It is not our way. It is not our culture. I agree with the government's firmness on Hindraf who tries to promote violent demonstrations," he said. Dr Siva said Hindraf was not only challenging the law of the land but also other principles enshrined in the Federal Constitution including by questioning Malay privileges and trying to challenge the Malay rulers institution.
Malaysian Association for Community Development president Norizan Shariff said the demonstrations by Umno Youth and Hindraf had nothing in common.The one by Umno Youth, he said, was the only way to protest against the Israeli aggression after international powers refused to prevent
Israel from year to year from murdering more Palestinians. "There are two things completely different. Umno Youth tried to stop the aggression in Palestine when the world saw Israel attempted to commit ethnic cleansing at rampant. "It (Palestine) required assistance after no help came from the international community. Because there was no platform to voice the issue out, it was channelled through a demonstration in Malaysia and other places as well," he said.

On the other hand, Hindraf deliberately created ????????? issues and had their own agendas, he said. "In Hindraf's context, all their allegations are more of a claim that has yet to be proven," he said. In fact, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu also disputed Hindraf's accusations, he said. Norizan said Hindraf leaders had adopted a wrong strategy by staging a demonstration which clearly showed it was not sincere in its struggle and drew criticisms from the majority of people in the country. "They did not meet members of the government first. Instead, after staging the demonstration and breaking the law, only then they wanted to meet the government," he said.

On Hindraf's allegation that the government had violated the people's basic rights by disallowing public assemblies, Norizan said: "No one has denied them the freedom to assemble but only if it does not make the people worry. "If they say their basic rights have been violated when their assembly have been disallowed, what about the rights of others who are disturbed by their actions at the assembly?" he asked.

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Harassment of PKR Gobalakhrishna and PAS Mohd Sabu

December 12, 2007 15:15 PM

Mohamad Sabu Charged With Obstructing PoliceOfficer

NIBONG TEBAL, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu was charged in the Jawi Magistrate's Court here on Wednesday with obstructing a police officer from discharging his duty on Sunday. Mohamad, 53, was charged with preventing Supt Mohd Nasir Salleh from serving a warrant of arrest on him issued by the Jalan Duta Magistrate's Court in Kuala Lumpur.

He allegedly committed the offence in front of the Bukit Tambun Toll Plaza of the North-South Expressway, near the Kuala Lumpur-Penang exit at about 7.45pm. Mohamad, who claimed trial to the charge, was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code, which carries two years maximum jail term or RM10,000 maximum fine or both, if convicted. Magistrate Mohd Izham Ali set RM3,000 bail with one surety and fixed Feb 13 for mention. Mohamad was represented by five lawyers namely Asmuni Awi, Darshan Singh, Abdul Halim Mohd Nor, Mohd Afif Abdullah and Aqbal Shiffuddin Adnan Sallehuddin while Deputy Public Prosecutor Zalina Awang prosecuted. Meanwhile, Seberang Perai Selatan OCPD Supt Shafien Mamat said about 300 police officers and policemen were mobilised around the district to prevent untoward incidents.

He said the precaution was taken as about 100 Mohamad's supporters had gathered at the court grounds since early morning. "We took the preventive measure to ensure the situation was under control," he told reporters outside the court. Emerging from the court building after posting bail, Mohamad, who was the former Kuala Kedah Member of Parliament, addressed his supporters, explaining the development of the case. After he finished his speech, his supporters recited prayers before dispersing.

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Mat Sabu charged with obstructing police

NIBONG TEBAL: PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu claimed trial in the Jawi magistrate’s court Wednesday with obstructing a policeman from carrying out his duties. Mohamad, 53, was accused of preventing Supt Mohd Nasir Salleh from arresting him at the Bukit Tambun toll plaza about 7.45pm on Sunday. The warrant of arrest was issued by the KL magistrate’s court. He was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of three months’ jail, fine or both. About 100 PAS supporters started gathering outside the court at 8.30am. Mohamad arrived at 9.55am in a Mitsubishi Triton and was accompanied by a team of five lawyers to the courtroom. About 300 policemen and Federal Reserve Unit personnel were stationed along the roads leading to the court and several roadblocks were set up. Visitors had to register with the police before being allowed to enter the court compound.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Zalina Awang proposed bail at RM7,000 in one surety and asked that Mohamad’s passport be impounded. She also asked the court to fix mention of Mohamad’s case and that of his nine supporters on the same date. The nine were arrested along with Mohamad on Sunday. Zalina said both cases were committed at the same place and time and were under the same charge. Counsel Asmuni Awi asked for a lower bail and requested that Mohamad’s passport not to be impounded, saying the offence was not severe and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail did not impound Mohamad’s passport when he stood for trial in Kuala Lumpur. Magistrate Mohd Izham Ali fixed Feb 13 for the mention of both cases and set bail at RM3,000. He did not impound Mohamad’s passport.
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PKR's Gobalakrishnan slapped with RM20,000 bail

R. Surenthira Kumar and Charles Ramendran ,theSUN

SHAH ALAM (Dec 12, 2007): Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Supreme Council member N. Gobalakrishnan today claimed trial to a charge of causing damage to public property during an illegal assembly in a temple in Batu Caves on Nov 25. Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who was assisted by five deputy public prosecutors, led the prosecution team in bringing the charge against the 47-year-old politician. The charges read out by the court interpreter stated that Gobalakrishnan had intimidated police officers during an alleged illegal assembly purportedly organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) between 1am and 8am on Nov 25 on the main road in front of the Sri Subramaniar temple in Batu Caves. The charge added, as a result of him taking part in the assembly, damage had occurred to seven police vehicles and two gates of the temple. Gobalakrishnan claimed trial to the charge. Abdul Gani said the offence under Section 149 of the Penal Code was non-bailable and objected to bail being offered. He said the offence was different from the charges preferred against the 31 people who were also charged with attempted murder during the same assembly. "I do not want the people to misunderstand, the facts are given and we are only acting based on it," said Abdul Gani who also allayed an anticipated perception that the objection to bail is seen as a pre-trial detention. R.Sivarasa, who represented Gobalakrishnan with G.Naidu, said the prosecution had not stated the exact grounds for the objection to the bail, and there was no basis to believe that his client had committed an offence because he was attending a special prayer, observed by the Hindu community, in which they light up lamps and conduct prayers throughout the night. Sivarasa, who produced the receipt for the prayers, also said Gobalakrishnan had placed an advertisement in a Tamil paper inviting Hindus for the prayers at the temple on the day. Abdul Gani , however, argued no gathering in the temple was allowed from 10.30pm on Nov 24 to 7am on Nov 25.

On the police report produced by Gobalakrishnan, Abdul Gani said it was made on Dec 9 but Sivarasa said the report was lodged as a protection after his client was charged in a court in Selayang with taking part in the same alleged illegal assembly. Naidu meanwhile argued Abdul Gani’s proposal for Gobalakrishnan to be denied bail was against the practices of “this time of age", citing that in other far serious cases, bail had been offered to the accused. Abdul Gani then asked the court to impose a condition that Gobalakrishnan gives an undertaking that he will not go near or attend similar assemblies in future, if the court allows bail.

Sivarasa and Naidu however argued that the request was improper as Gobalakrishnan had yet to be proved to have committed the offence, and it was a denial of his liberty to freedom. Sivarasa urged the court to accept Gobalakrishnan's personal bond as an assurance that he attends trial, and if at all bail is to be set, it be in the region of RM1,000 to RM2,000, adding that another court in Selayang had allowed him RM500 bail on an earlier charge. Judge Nursinah Adzmi later set bail at RM20,000 with one surety and ordered Gobalakrishnan to hand over his passport to the court. Abdul Gani applied for a joint-trial to be held in connection with the charges against the 31 people previously, and Nursinah who granted the application set trial on the same date as the other case, from Jan 14 to 18. Gobalakrishnan failed to raise the money before office hours ended and was taken to the district police headquarters’ lock-up. If he still fails to raise bail by today, Gobalakrishnan will be sent to the Sungai Buloh prison

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December 13, 2007 11:35 AM

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 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.
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ABOVE: 3 of the 5 Detained: From Left V. Ganabatirau, M. Manoharan,& P. Uthayakumar

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.

KUALA LUMPUR - FIVE leaders of Malaysian Indian activist group Hindraf were detained on Thursday under controversial internal security laws that allow for detention without trial, a spokesman said. The Internal Security Act (ISA), which human rights groups are campaigning to have abolished, is currently being used to hold more than 100 people, including about 80 alleged Islamic militants.
It is believed it has not been used against government critics since 2001, when
Malaysia was under the iron grip of former premier Mahathir Mohamad who used it to quell a reform movement triggered by the arrest of his deputy Anwar Ibrahim.

'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
Malaysia's international image and reputation.'

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. Malaysia is also home to 26 per cent ethnic Chinese, who dominate business, and 8.0 percent ethnic Indians who complain they run a distant third in terms of wealth, opportunities and education. The nation has been rocked by a rare series of public protests, including one last month calling for electoral reform which drew 30,000 people. A week later 8,000 people turned out for the Hindraf rally. At both demonstrations, police used tear gas, water cannons and baton charges to disperse the crowd. The government then rolled out a crackdown on the protesters, arresting dozens and charging them with counts including attempted murder and unlawful assembly. -- AFP

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Thursday December 13, 2007;MYT 3:59:19 PM; STAR
Five Hindraf leaders detained under ISA (2nd update)

PETALING JAYA: Five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders have been arrested and detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA). The five are P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau and T. Vasanthakumar. They were picked up at various locations in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Seremban. It is learnt they were detained under Section 8 (1) of the ISA after Internal Security Minister Datuk Seri Abdulah Ahmad Badawi signed their detention order. Their detention is for two years.

Uthayakumar and two others namely Ganabatirau and P. Waythamoorthy were charged under the Sedition Act on Nov 23 in Klang 23 for allegedly making speeches to incite hatred at a gathering in Batang Berjuntai, Selangor, on Nov 16. Waythamoorthy is currently overseas. Under Section 73 (1) of the ISA, the police can detain any individual for up to 60 days without a warrant, trial and without access to legal counsel if he was suspected to have “acted or is about to act or is likely to act in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or any part thereof or to maintenance of essential services therein or to the economic life thereof." After 60 days, the Minister of Home Affairs can extend the period of detention without trial for up to two years, without submitting any evidence for review by the courts, by issuing a detention order, which is renewable indefinitely.

......Continue Reading on ISA Arrest Go H E R E


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally we have the Ponnusamy brothers just like the Seenivasagam brothers 3 decades ago.

Fight for the down trodden, the weak, the poor , the marginalised, the oppressed, the suppressed and the depressed !!!

We want Justice

10:24 AM  

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