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Malaysian lawyer detained, questioned for hours by Singapore police


A Malaysian lawyer has accused Singapore of “dangerously claiming extra-territorial jurisdiction over Malaysian citizens” after being detained upon arrival at the city-state this week, where he was subjected to hours of interrogation by the police over a statement he had issued in Malaysia.

Zaid Malek, who is part of Malaysian rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL), had travelled to Singapore to assist Malaysian death row inmate Kalwant Singh in the latter’s application for a stay order for his execution, which was carried out early today.

Zaid said he was subjected to “calculated intimidation and harassment” by authorities in Singapore, including two sessions with the police and a warning not to leave the country until the investigation against him was complete.

“In total, I was subjected to about four hours of detention at the airport, about three and a half hours of interrogation at the police complex.

“As a result of this police probe against me from July 4 to 6, 2022, I was obstructed and hampered in assisting and advising Kalwant Singh’s family in the crucial days before his court hearing and execution,” Zaid said in a statement issued after his return to Kuala Lumpur.

He said the investigation was over a statement he had issued in Malaysia on behalf of LFL on the plight of two Malaysian prisoners in the city-state – Gobi Avedian and Datchinamurty Katiah, whose suits were dismissed.

Zaid said he was accused of contempt of court, an offence punishable by three years’ imprisonment and a fine of S$100,000.

“I was interrogated for two and a half hours, during which detailed questions were asked about the organisation and other details of Lawyers for Liberty,” he added.

“My detention and interrogation were acts of calculated intimidation and harassment by the Singapore authorities against me due to my work in representing Malaysian death row prisoners and speaking out against the injustices involving Malaysian prisoners in Singapore’s death penalty regime. 

“The actions of the authorities against me prevented me as a lawyer from properly discharging my duties to my clients. 





Malaysia: Siti Kasim sues Jawi, 14 officers over unlawful arrest, imprisonment in transgender event raid

September 12, 2019

Lawyer Siti Kasim’s lawsuit was due to Jawi's actions of allegedly wrongfully arresting and unlawfully confining her on April 3, 2016 following the raid of a private fundraising dinner involving transgenders and featuring a beauty pageant theme. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

Lawyer Siti Kasim has sued the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jaw) and 14 of its officers for compensation due to their alleged wrongful arrest and illegal detention of her during its 2016 raid of a private fundraising dinner involving transgenders and featuring a beauty pageant theme.

Siti’s lawsuit was due to Jawi’s actions of allegedly wrongfully arresting and unlawfully confining her on April 3, 2016 following the raid, which she said amounted to false imprisonment, misfeasance of public office, and denial of her constitutional rights to personal liberty and to be told why she was detained.

In the statement of claim for the lawsuit, Siti traced the chronology of how the raid had unfolded at the April 3, 2016 private fundraising event which carried the theme of “Miss World” and which she had attended as a lawyer.

During the raid, Siti said 14 Jawi officers had at around 10.30pm blocked the hotel ballroom’s exits and barred all those present from leaving the room where the event was held.

Siti said she had identified herself as a lawyer to the two Jawi officers leading the raid and asked if the event was against the law, adding that the duo had then merely replied that the event was against a fatwa or religious edict without specifying the fatwa.




https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/491665 (MALAY)

https://www.cincainews.com/news/malaysia/2019/09/12/siti-kasim-sues-jawi-14-officers-over-unlawful-arrest/1789905 (CHINESE)

Singapore/Malaysia: Surendran urges Singapore to drop charges against lawyer defending Malaysian on death row

August 20, 2019

International Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi speaks during a press conference in Petaling Jaya July 23, 2019. ― Picture by Miera Zulyana

Lawyers for Liberty legal adviser N. Surendran today urged Singaporean authorities to stop persecuting lawyer M. Ravi, who is representing mentally challenged Malaysian death row inmate Nagaenthran Dharmalingam.

Singapore’s Attorney General had initiated action against Ravi by filing a complaint with the Singapore Law Society for allegedly “prejudicing the administration of justice”.

“The AG has filed a complaint on those grounds to the Singapore Law Society, which is likely to result in Ravi being barred from legal practice. In addition, contempt of court charges may also be brought against him.

“We condemn this high-handed action against M. Ravi and demand that Singapore drops all charges against him. We further demand that Singapore cease and desist from further threatening or interfering with the lawyers of the Malaysian death row prisoners.

“We also urge the Malaysian government to make urgent representations to Singapore in protest against the continual persecution and threats against the lawyers of Malaysian death row prisoners,’’ said Surendran in a statement today.

Surendran had previously likened Singapore’s treatment of those in death row to that of North Korea, claiming it has forgone norms that are observed under the international law and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.





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Malaysia: Police detain man who threatened to kill lawyer Syahredzan

August 17, 2019

A 28-year-old man has been detained in connection with the death threat issued against lawyer Syahredzan Johan (pic) on Facebook, says Deputy Comm Datuk Roslan Bek Ahmad.

The Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief said the suspect, who works as a storekeeper and a security guard, was detained at an apartment in Bandar Sri Damansara at 2am on Saturday (Aug 17).

“He has been remanded until Tuesday (Aug 20).

“We are investigating the matter under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation, ” he said.

DCP Roslan Bek also advised the public not to spread unverified news or make sensitive comments on social media that might stir racial unrest and disrupt the unity of people of various ethnic backgrounds.

Meanwhile, Syahredzan also tweeted his appreciation over the quick action by the police.

“I was informed that the suspect who threatened me has been arrested and remanded. Thank you, police, for their fast and professional action, ” he tweeted.

On Wednesday (Aug 14), Syahredzan received a death threat on social media after he suggested that controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik’s permanent resident status be rescinded.

He tweeted on Wednesday (Aug 14) night that the death threat was posted on Facebook.





https://aajtak.intoday.in/story/malaysia-police-caught-the-man-who-threatened-syahredzan-johan-lim-kit-siang-permanent-residency-of-zakir-naik-tut-1-1111400.html (HINDI)

Malaysia: Internal probe underway into lawyer’s claim – Sibu police chief

July 24, 2019

The case involving a lawyer Ting Yong Ginn who claimed that he was arrested, detained and treated unfairly by the police has been referred to the state police headquarters in Kuching for investigation, said Sibu police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit.

According to Stanley, an internal investigation into the case is currently underway.

He also said that the case involving Ting would also be referred to the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) as there was a police report lodged against him yesterday.

He was responding to the Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) Sibu branch chairman Orlando Chua who wanted a satisfactory explanation by the authority regarding the issue.

Ting claimed that he was arrested on July 17 at around 9.30pm when he was in the midst of assisting his client with police enquiries.

It was said the despite repeatedly reiterating that he was lawyer assisting his client, he was forced to surrender all his personal belongings to the police and was escorted to the Sibu Central Police for further investigation.

Internal probe underway into lawyer’s claim – Sibu police chief




Singapore/Malaysia: Withdraw ‘unacceptable threat’ to Surendran, S’pore told

July 16, 2019

Lawyers For Liberty has reacted sharply to what it calls “threats made by the Singapore authorities against lawyer N Surendran.”

This comes after the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers sent a letter to its High Court saying that Surendran had made “scandalous allegations against Singapore and its legal system, including accusing Singapore of acting in total disregard of international legal norms and decent world opinion.”

“Coming from the attorney-general’s office in a formal note to the High Court, this amounts to a serious threat against Surendran,” LFL director Melissa Sasidaran said in a statement.

“Singapore is notorious for bringing contempt of court or criminal defamation charges against its critics. British author Alan Shadrake was similarly prosecuted and jailed in 2011 for making remarks on the death penalty in Singapore.”



Group accuses Singapore AG of meddling ahead of clemency plea for Malaysian on death row


Singapore denies targeting Malaysians for capital punishment

Lawyers For Liberty push for moratorium on Malaysian death row prisoners in Singapore, urge for “thorough” review on clemency rejections




https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2019/07/16/peguam-dakwa-ag-singapura-campur-tangan-usaha-tahanan-hukuman-mati-mohon-rayuan/ (MALAY)

https://www.sinarharian.com.my/article/38024/BERITA/Nasional/Singapura-digesa-tarik-balik-tuduhan-terhadap-Surendran (MALAY)

Malaysia: Siti Kasim: Am I going to disappear like Pastor Koh or Amri Che Mat?

February 8, 2019

a woman smiling for the camera

Activist lawyer Siti Kasim (pic) has questioned why there are moves to charge her under Section 509 of the Penal Code, when others have been “let off” for similar offences.

The charge purportedly has to do with a two-year-old incident here Siti “randomly” showed her middle finger to those who were heckling and shouting at her.

According to Siti, an inspector called her about purported instructions to immediately charge her under the law pertaining to a word or gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person.

She claimed that she “knows the charge of criminal investigations (OCCI) Selangor” has been trying to put her behind bars.

She voiced her belief that said person orchestrated the raid on her house with the “ridiculous mind-blowing kidnapping charge”.

“If not because of the unplanned video that went viral, I would be facing a charge for a capital offence. Kidnapping carries the death penalty!

“How (do) I know this, you may ask … I have evidence of it, of course,” she claimed in a press statement on Thursday (Feb 7).

Siti said she would ensure that anyone who is abusing their powers will get their just punishment.




Malaysia: ‘March to Palace of Justice’ – lawyers see red over Arun’s prison sentence

April 23, 2019

The Federal Court’s decision to impose a prison sentence on lawyer Arun Kasi for contempt has courted flak from legal eagles.

Among them was former law minister Zaid Ibrahim, who suggested that the Malaysian Bar organise a march to the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya.

“Don’t let Arun suffer alone. This is the beginning of New Malaysia that we must oppose,” he tweeted.

Eric Paulsen, the country representative to the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, said the sentence was unnecessary and would not promote public confidence.

“Justice is not a cloistered virtue, and everyone must be allowed to be critical, rightly, wrongly, even being rude or outspoken regarding the judiciary,” he added.

‘Freedom of speech at stake’

According to Paulsen, the offence of scandalising the judiciary is archaic, and should be abolished.

“Respect for the judiciary cannot be enhanced through contempt proceedings, i.e., the courts themselves assessing whether allegations of impropriety against the judiciary are justified.

“What is at stake is freedom of speech. It is our right to speak out on matters of public interest and judges and their judgments should not be shielded from criticisms,” he tweeted.

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) advisor N Surendran said a fine would have been sufficient in Arun’s (above) case.

“Imprisonment for contempt should be imposed only in the most serious cases. More so, since there is no right of appeal from the sentence,” he tweeted.

‘Excessive sentence’

Expressing a similar sentiment, civil rights lawyer Syahredzan Johan deemed the custodial sentence “unnecessary”.

“The custodial sentence on Arun for contempt is unnecessary. A 30-day custodial sentence is excessive. A fine would have been sufficient,” tweeted the lawyer, who is also political secretary to DAP lawmaker Lim Kit Siang.





https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/473413 (MALAYSIAN)

Malaysia: Muslim lawyers want observer status in Arun Kasi contempt case

March 25, 2019

The Muslim Lawyers’ Association has applied for a watching brief in contempt proceedings against lawyer Arunachalam Kasi, better known as Arun Kasi, who wrote two articles critical of a court judgement in February.

MLA president Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar said the committal proceedings brought by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas provided cause for concern, as the outcome of the case would have a wide ramification on the legal profession.

He said a lawyer must be allowed to act without fear or favour in conducting a case. “A lawyer cannot be above the law but he can express his views even it means supporting or criticising court judgments,” he said.

The Bar Council has also appointed lawyer Robert Lazar to observe the proceedings and to make submissions if invited by the court.

The Federal Court will hear the charge against Arun on March 28

Arun Kasi had written two articles about an affidavit of Court of Appeal Judge, Abdul Hamid Abu Backer which described alleged judicial misconduct.

The articles, published at the Aliran website, were under the headlines “How a dissenting judgment sparked a major judicial crisis” on Feb 16 and “Tommy Thomas must look into arbitration centre that sparked judicial crisis” on Feb 22.





Malaysia/Singapore: Singaporean human rights lawyer seeks UN intervention against contempt charges levied upon Malaysian lawyer Arun Kasi

March 5, 2019

The recent news of Arun Kasi, a Malaysian lawyer facing contempt charges for allegedly scandalising the judiciary in relation to 2 articles he wrote on Aliran- a news  website covering issues of social importance, should come as a jolt at the heart of civil society.

The 2 articles- titled ‘How a dissenting judgment sparked a major judicial crisis’ and ‘Tommy Thomas must look into arbitration centre that sparked judicial crisis’ prompted Tommy Thomas, the Attorney General of Malaysia to institute committal proceedings in the Federal Court of Malaysia against Arun on 27th February 2019. Leave was granted by the Federal Court and the substantive hearing has been fixed for 13th March 2019 on an urgent basis.

In my view, the AG ought to reconsider his view to initiate contempt proceedings against Arun for the following reasons:

  1. The Proceedings represent an incursion into the independence of the Bar and impedes professional advocacy

Arun’s articles were written in the context of an expunction order made by the Federal Court, by which various constitutional observations made by a Court of Appeal judge in relation to an institution playing a role in administration of justice and also a direction made by the judge to the anti-corruption commission to investigate the matter were expunged. This case raises issues of serious public interest and importance, and the proceedings initiated against Arun for bringing these issues to the attention of the public seriously threatens the independence of the Bar and impedes professional advocacy.

Further, the UN Basic Principles on the Roles of Lawyers (“UNBRPL”) contains several provisions that explicitly deal with the independence of lawyers. Principle 16 of the UNBRPL sets out that the Government must: ensure that lawyers (a) are able to perform all of their duties without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference… (c) shall not suffer, or be threatened with prosecution or administrative, economic or other sanctions for any action taken in accordance with recognised professional duties, standards and ethics. Principle 23 grants lawyers the right to take part in public discussion on matters of the law, the administration of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights.