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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.






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…










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

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


Malaysia: Arrest of Siti Kasim draws flak from all quarters

June 25, 2018

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The arrest of lawyer activist Siti Kasim and the police application of remand for her have drawn much outrage from lawyers and activists in the country.

They criticised the actions of the men in blue, saying that the matter could have been resolved amicably.

A number of lawyers and social activists showed up in solidarity with Siti at the Kajang magistrate’s court where the police attempted to obtain a remand order.

They included lawyer and National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah.

There were 12 lawyers representing Siti yesterday, including Ambiga and Malaysian Bar Human Rights Committee co-chairman Roger Chan.

The remand application was eventually rejected by Registrar Sharifah Fazilah Zulkifli in exerci­sing the power of the magistrate.

“We assume that the reason for the dismissal is that there was no reason made out by the police for the remand. That will be the grounds,” Ambiga said after the remand application was dismissed.

Before the remand proceedings, she commented that the arrest of Siti was wholly unjustified.















https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/431132 (MALAY)

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/nasional/kawad-cam-siti-kasim-tak-jadi-1.848736 (MALAY)

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Malaysia: Court dismisses application to remand Siti Kasim

June 24, 2018

The police had applied to hold the activist for four days.

The Magistrate’s Court has dismissed the remand application against lawyer and human rights activist Siti Kasim over allegations that she had obstructed police officers from discharging their duties.

Ambiga Sreenevasan, who led a team of lawyers on behalf of Siti, said that registrar Sharifah Fazilah Zulkifli had dismissed the police’s application to hold Siti for four days.

“We assume the application was dismissed because there was no basis for the remand order.

“We sat down for over an hour for a full hearing and the registrar heard opinions from all sides,” she said, adding that Siti is being investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty.

Nearly 20 of Siti’s supporters from the legal profession and human rights groups had turned up at the court for the remand hearing. They included Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah and women’s rights activist Ivy Josiah.

Maria said Siti’s arrest was unjustified and it was a clear case of police abuse.

“This is why we need an IPCMC (Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission).”

Early this morning, police had arrested Siti at the Kajang police headquarters, hours after officers broke into her home following a report accusing her of forcibly detaining a woman.
















https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/431043 (MALAY)

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/mahkamah/siti-kasim-dibebaskan-mahkamah-tolak-permohonan-reman-1.848527 (MALAY)

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/nasional/penahanan-siti-kasim-ikut-peruntukan-undang-undang-1.848530 (MALAY)

https://www.menara.my/permohonan-reman-siti-kasim-ditolak/ (MALAY)

Malaysia: Lawyers, activists up in arms over Siti Kasim’s arrest

June 24, 2018

The human rights champion is alleged to have ‘abducted’ a 24-year-old woman who had apparently sought refuge with her.

Lawyers and activists have slammed the arrest of human rights champion Siti Kasim who is accused of kidnapping a 24-year-old woman.

This reportedly happened hours after officers broke into the lawyer’s home following a report accusing her of forcibly locking up a woman. Police had, according to a source, barged into her house around dinner time.

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) executive director Eric Paulsen, in a series of tweets, said this was a clear abuse of police power.

Paulsen said that from the video, one could see a grown woman seeking help from Siti but the police have instead arrested both the lawyer and the woman.

“Kidnapping or confining a kidnapped person are very serious allegations. I hope the police have evidence to this effect other than arrest now and investigate later.

“Just because someone has lodged a police report does not mean the police must act without investigating the veracity of the report. This is just reckless. Don’t abuse your powers @PDRMsia. This is why we need the IPCMC (Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission).

“Hope the @PDRMsia will have the sense to release @sitikasim and not be arrogant enough to seek her remand. The police have caused this fiasco in the first place and now dare to claim that she has obstructed the police?” he posted on Twitter.









https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/kes/2018/06/441058/siti-kasim-ditahan-polis (MALAY)


Malaysia: Jawi officer Googled what to arrest Siti Kasim for

May 31, 2018

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An enforcement officer from the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) testified that she had to do a Google search on what offence she could arrest lawyer and activist Siti Kasim for during a raid at a transgender beauty pageant two years ago.

Siti Nor Jihan Saleh @ Md Ghazali said she did a Google search on which section of the Federal Terri­tories Syariah Criminal Offences Act 1997 she could arrest Siti Kasim and the organiser of the event under.

She said she could not find the section because Siti Kasim repeatedly posed provocative questions.

“The situation was chaotic and tense. The accused tried to delay the raid and did not cooperate.

“We wanted to arrest the organiser, who went by the name ‘Ira Sofia’, and not the accused, who continuously asked me which section of the Act Jawi wanted to arrest the organiser under.

“I then held the accused’s wrist to bring her to the police station along with the organiser, but the accused claimed that I tried to push her,” she said when testifying before magistrate Maizatul Muni­rah Abd Rahman.

Siti Nor Jihan was giving evidence during an examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Hafizza Sauni at the trial of Siti Kasim, who was charged with hindering a Jawi enforcement officer from executing her duties during a raid at a hotel on the night of April 3, 2016.

Siti Kasim was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code with obstructing a public servant from discharging her public functions, which carries a jail sentence of up to two years, a fine of up to RM10,000 or both, upon conviction.









https://www.menara.my/jika-jakim-kekal-dana-jakim-untuk-tahfiz-perlu-dihentikan-siti-kasim/ (MALAY)