April 29, 2016
The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyers Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, Charles Hector, Francis Pereira, and Shanmugam Ramasamy in Malaysia.
On 31 March 2016, lawyer and Secretary of the Malaysian Bar Association, Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, and lawyers Charles Hector, Francis Pereira, and Shanmugam Ramasamy were arrested and placed under investigation for sedition pursuant to section 4(1)(a) of the Sedition Act 1948. Reports indicate that the criminal investigation is a political response to a motion tabled by the lawyers at the Malaysian Bar’s General Assembly on 19 March 2016. The motion, which was passed by an overwhelming majority of the Malaysian Bar, called for the resignation of Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali following his controversial decision to end the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation into the Prime Minister’s financial affairs.
The Law Society presently writes to voice its deep concern as a result of reports that Malaysia continues to use the Sedition Act 1948 in order to silence the Prime Minister’s critics and interfere with the independence of the legal profession.
The Law Society of Upper Canada wrote to His Excellency Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, urging the government of Malaysia to comply with Articles 16 and 23 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
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