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Malaysia: Shafee’s son pays other half of bail

September 19, 2018

All paid: Muhammad Farhan at the court complex to settle his father’s bail.

Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who has been hit with money laundering charges, has posted the remaining RM500,000 of his RM1mil bail.

His son Muhammad Farhan arrived at the court complex here at 11.50am yesterday with his two bailors for the bail procedure.

The three men then went down to the bail counter at the basement. They left the court complex at 1.30pm.

Muhammad Shafee, 66, was absent.

Attempts to reach Muhammad Farhan for comments were unsuccessful as he rushed from the counter and did not stop to take questions.

On Sept 13, Muhammad Shafee claimed trial in the Sessions Court here to four charges of money laundering involving RM9.5mil that he received from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The 66-year-old is accused of receiving proceeds of unlawful activity totalling RM4.3mil on Sept 13, 2013, and RM5.2mil on Feb 17, 2014, through two AmIslamic Bank Bhd cheques issued by the former prime minister. The cheques were remitted into Muhammad Shafee’s CIMB Bank account.

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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/19/shafees-son-pays-other-half-of-bail-balance-of-lawyers-rm1mil-security-settled/

https://themalaysianreserve.com/2018/09/19/lawyer-muhammad-shafee-settles-remaining-rm500000-bail/

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/18/shafee-pays-remaining-rm500-000-of-his-rm1mil-bail/

http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/lawyer-muhammad-shafee-settles-remaining-bail-payment-rm500000

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/443768 (MALAY)

https://tirto.id/lakukan-pencucian-uang-najib-razak-ditangkap-kpk-malaysia-cZZs (MALAY)

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Malaysia: Ex-PM’s lawyer arrested, charges expected

September 13, 2018

Lawyer Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex after being arrested by authorities on September 13, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

A senior Malaysian lawyer representing a former prime minister has been detained by authorities and is set to be charged with money laundering today.

According to sources, the person will be brought to the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex this morning where he will be prosecuted under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLA) 2001.

The charges are believed to stem from a payment the lawyer alleged received from the former PM.

Several media outlets have since identified the lawyer as Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah.

Shafee is leading the defence team of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is charged with money laundering, abuse and criminal breach of trust stemming from RM42 million transferred to his accounts from a former 1MDB subsidiary.

The private lawyer had been appointed by fiat to lead the prosecution of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy trial, which resulted in the latter’s conviction and five-year prison sentence.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1672004/ex-pms-lawyer-arrested-charges-expected

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/410875/shafee-charged-money-laundering-tax-evasion

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/shafee-abdullah-formidable-lawyer-now-080747341.html

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/14/four-charges-against-shafee-lawyer-accused-of-money-laundering-to-the-tune-of-rm95mil/

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/14/clash-of-legal-titans-round-two/

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/nasional/shafee-mahu-jadi-peguam-negara-tun-m-1.879929 (MALAY)

https://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Shafee_Abdullah (MALAY)

Malaysia: Sedition charges against Surendran and activist Lawrence Jayaraj withdrawn

August 27, 2018

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Lawyer N. Surendran and activist Lawrence Jayaraj Edwin John, who both faced sedition charges in connection with the Federal Court’s decision in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy charge, were acquitted and discharged of their charges by the Sessions Court here on Monday (Aug 27).

Judge Emelia Kaswati Mohamad Khalid freed Surendran, 52, of the charge after deputy public prosecutor Zaki Asyraf Zubir informed the court that the prosecution was withdrawing the charge against him.

“As such, the court acquits and discharges the accused of the charge,” said Emelia Kaswati when the case came up for management Monday.

Surendran, represented by lawyer Latheefa Koya, was charged with making seditious remarks relating to Anwar’s second sodomy case in a YouTube video at the Palace of Justice in Precinct 3, Putrajaya, between 2pm and 4pm on Aug 8, 2014.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/27/sedition-charges-against-surendran-and-activist-lawrence-jayaraj-withdrawn/

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1666387/prosecution-withdraws-sedition-charge-against-surendran-activist-jayaraj

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/91070

http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/08/28/prosecution-withdraws-sedition-charges/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Surendran

Malaysia: Human rights lawyer, PSM leader freed of sedition charges

August 15, 2018

Eric Paulsen and S Arutchelvan were acquitted of allegedly criticising Jakim and the judiciary.

Human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) leader S Arutchelvan were today freed from the sedition charges made against them in 2015.

Sessions Court judge Edwin Paramjothy ordered their acquittal after deputy public prosecutor Norinna Bahadun told the court that the prosecution did not wish to continue the cases against them.

Paulsen claimed trial at the Sessions Court in February 2015 to a charge of criticising the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) on his Twitter account.

Arutchelvan meanwhile was charged with sedition in November that year for allegedly criticising the judiciary over the Sodomy 2 judgment.

Speaking to reporters after the acquittal, Paulsen said there was no need for a colonial law on sedition in this age.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/08/15/human-rights-lawyer-psm-leader-freed-of-sedition-charges/

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1662642/prosecution-drops-sedition-cases-against-psms-arul-lawyer-eric-paulsen

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/88061

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/16/lawyer-paulsen-and-psms-arutchelvan-freed-of-sedition/

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1662599/twice-acquitted-balloon-girl-free-at-last-as-prosecution-drops-case

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/439076

https://www.lrwc.org/malaysia-charges-against-eric-paulsen-and-arutchelvan-dropped-news/

Malaysia: Siti Kasim’s arrest a black mark on Malaysia Baru

June 29, 2018

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Few people have the social conscience of Siti Kasim. When she helps you, she literally opens the doors to her home for you, even gives you her spare mobile phone and her own money.

In another case, she actually put her life on the line by protecting the Orang Asal of Gua Musang against the PAS state government.

She is a modern-day hero and the nation is blessed to have her. This is why I say what happened to Siti and her client, Anis Nur Izzaty Ruslan, last week is a terrible travesty of justice.

Some months before, Anis had reached out to Siti over fears of a “domineering” mother. Subsequently she moved out and found a job.

In the meantime, the mother lodged several police reports about Anis’ mental state and told the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) her concerns about her daughter’s faith.

It is not acceptable how one can simply invoke the authority of the religious department and have them intervene!

It would have been bad enough if it was an accurate complaint. Who has the right to measure deviance? Even scholars from the official Sunni school have accused each other of deviance, that too on trivial matters.

What right have they to investigate anyone’s faith or lack of?

Can Malaysia Baru accept this flagrant transgression of human rights? Despite the tweets to him, the prime minister has been conspicuously silent.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1646724/siti-kasims-arrest-a-black-mark-on-malaysia-baru

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/28/lawyer-set-up-oversight-commission-now-to-check-police-abuse/

https://cilisos.my/there-is-a-religious-rehabilitation-centre-in-ulu-yam-what-happens-inside/

https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/on-the-beat/2018/07/01/different-strokes-in-a-world-fixated-with-stereotypes-siti-kasim-smashes-the-mould-of-convention-and/

Malaysia: Cops will submit report on Siti Kasim to Muhyiddin, says IGP

June 26, 2018

Inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today that police will submit a report to Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on lawyer Siti Kasim’s case.

“We will submit the papers, we will continue with the investigation and submit the papers,” he told journalists at Bukit Aman…

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/431450

http://www.suhakam.org.my/press-statement-no-22-of-2018-on-arrest-of-siti-kasim/

https://dayakdaily.com/suhakam-says-siti-kassims-recent-arrest-a-grave-concern/

http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/press_statements/press_release_%7C_abuse_of_police_investigative_and_detentive_powers_must_stop.html

https://asianhrds.forum-asia.org/?events=malaysia-lawyer-and-activist-siti-kasim-arrested-over-clients-abduction

https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/431420

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/26/igp-3-elite-police-units-removed-as-part-of-restructuring/

https://www.bfm.my/the-kidnapping-that-wasnt#.WzDZ8mMxj6U.twitter

#FreeSiti

Malaysia: Malaysian Bar on Siti Kasim case: Stop abuse of police powers, establish IPCMC now

June 26, 2018

The Malaysian Bar is troubled that the police continue to grossly misconstrue their investigative powers and exercise them in a high-handed and oppressive manner.

In a statement on Monday (June 25) night, Bar president George Varughese said that powers to arrest are not meant to be used to begin gathering evidence against an individual.
“Further, investigative powers cannot be used to arrest or detain individuals or to seek remand orders only for the purposes of gathering evidence,” he added.

Varughese was referring to the arrest and detainment of activist lawyer Siti Kasim for purportedly kidnapping her client and for allegedly obstructing a public servant in the discharge of his/her public functions pursuant to sections 363 and 186 of the Penal Code respectively.
The above had “appalled and outraged” the Malaysian Bar.

“At the outset, the police should have conducted thorough investigations in respect of any police report lodged against Siti Kasim rather than simply proceeding to effect an arrest. The powers of investigation and arrest must not be used to intimidate suspects and the application for remand orders must be used sparingly and only when necessary,” he cautioned.

Varughese said that this failure to act in an impartial manner undermines the credibility of the police force and further erodes their neutrality, integrity and professionalism.

“The conduct of thepolicein this case will invariably give rise to an irresistible inference in the public’s mind that the police are once again abusing their power,” he warned.

http://www.kwiknews.my/news/malaysian-bar-on-siti-kasim-case-stop-abuse-of-police-powers-establish-ipcmc-now

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/26/malaysian-bar-on-siti-kasim-case-stop-abuse-of-police-powers-establish-ipcmc-now/

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/26/igp-should-apologise-to-siti-kasim-says-hindraf/

http://malaysiandigest.com/news/744255-time-to-rein-in-little-napoleons-say-critics-of-muslim-bureaucracy.html

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/citing-siti-kasim-case-group-062744758.html

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/25/enact-gender-equality-law-now-womens-rights-ngo-urges-government/

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/431223

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2018/06/26/suhakam-condemns-police-action-against-siti-kasim-harassment-abuse-power

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=118109

http://www.astroawani.com/berita-malaysia/siti-kasim-sokong-campur-tangan-muhyiddin-178903 (MALAY)

http://www.kwongwah.com.my/?p=535677 (CHINESE)

#FreeSiti